Traumatic Thoracic and Lumbar Spinal Fractures: Operative or Nonoperative Treatment: Comparison of Two Treatment Strategies by Means of Surgeon Equipoise.

Nov 16, 2011 by

Stadhouder A, Buskens E, de Klerk LW, et al.

Spine.  2008; 33: 1006-1017.

PMID: 18427323

This study retrospectively identified 190 of 636 patients with discordant recommendations for operative or nonoperative treatment, and then prospectively collected middle/long-term follow-up data. Both treatments were effective, with over 80% resuming employment in both groups. This paper provides reassurance that either treatment route is valid for these middle-of-the-road patients.

web: http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2008&issue=04200&article=00013&type=abstract

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