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Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Pain: Practical implications for Occupational Medicine

Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Pain: Practical implications for Occupational Medicine
The next Sydney Spine Institute Clinical and ResearcMeeting is scheduled for Wednesday 18 April 2018.
 
Presentations:
 
1. “Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Pain: Practical implications for Occupational Medicine” by Dr Christella Mylordi, Occupational Medicine
 
This talk will address a major public health issue, non-cancer pain, by providing practical short cuts for assessment of pain and monitoring of outcomes. It will also provide an introduction to the 23rd May presentations on the Psychological Management of Pain to be delivered by pain psychologists, Dr Margaret Tadros and Dr Bradley Wood. 
 
 
2. “Case-presentations and discussion” by A/Prof. James van Gelder, Consultant Neurosurgeon
 
 
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018

Start Time: 7:00 PM (snacks and refreshments from 6:30 PM)

Venue:  Sydney Spine Institute, 107/3 Railway Parade, Burwood, NSW, 2134

*Free parking after 6:00 pm at Burwood Library (right opposite from us).

For other parking options, please click here.

RSVP by Tuesday 17 April 2018.

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Multidisciplinary Management of Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica) – GP seminar

Multidisciplinary Management of Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica) – GP seminar

Lumbar radiculopathy or sciatica represents one distinct presentation of low back-related leg pain, which is generally characterized by pain radiating to below the knee and into the foot and toes. Low back pain is very common presentation in general practice and sciatica represents 10% of these patients. Sciatica has a lifetime incidence of between 13-40% however up to 86% of episodes will resolve with aggressive non-operative therapies. Small lumbar disc herniations are commonly seen on imaging in patients who are asymptomatic and do not require treatment. Most common causes of radiculopathy include disc herniation and lumbar canal stenosis. History, examination and MRI are important for accurate diagnosis. Most patients will improve with conservative management within 6 to 12 weeks. Conservative options include analgesia, physiotherapy and transforminal injections. Surgery is recommended for patients who fail conservative treatment and for weakness. The most common surgical procedure for sciatica is a micro discectomy and this generally has good outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, the general practitioner should be able to:

  1. Discuss the diagnosis and natural history of sciatica
  2. Explain the role and outcomes of physiotherapy in the management of sciatica
  3. Explain the different pharmacological approaches to treating sciatica and the importance of avoiding opioids
  4. Identify specific criteria for surgical intervention

Speakers:    

Dr Omprakash Damodaran MS FRACS (Neurosurgery)

Dr Omprakash Damodaran (MS FRACS) is an Australian trained neurosurgeon with extensive surgical experience in the management of brain tumours, degenerative spine and peripheral nerve conditions. Dr Damodaran is a VMO at Concord Repatriation General Hospital. He consults at the Sydney Spine Institute in Burwood and Campbelltown.

David Anderson MPhty, PT, APAM, BExSc, MSc (Spine Physiotherapy)

David is a consultant physiotherapist with extensive experience in both acute and chronic spinal conditions. He is also trained in Clinical Exercise Physiology. David is currently completing his PhD at the University of Sydney on a world-leading trial of spinal surgery. He consults at the Sydney Spine Institute.

Dr Alan Nazha B Med FANZCA FIPP (Pain Specialist)

Dr Alan Nazha is a Specialist Anaesthetist consulting in pain management. He completed his anaesthetic fellowship at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2011 and has also completed core training for his pain medicine fellowship at Royal North Shore Hospital and Concord Repatriation General Hospital. He consults at the Sydney Spine Institute.

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MEDTECH INNOVATION COMPETITION

MEDTECH INNOVATION COMPETITION

This year’s MEDTECH INNOVATION COMPETITION, organised by the Biomedical Engineering Program @ USYD in conjunction with the Westmead Precinct Development Group is taking place this Friday 3rd November. The competition will include 20 clinician-guided student teams presenting innovative medtech solutions. Prototypes & demonstrations will be exhibited on the night. The projects are guided by Concord Neurosurgeon, A/Prof. James van Gelder, and other clinical and industry experts.

DATE: Friday 3rd November: 6pm – 8:30pm

VENUE: Westmead Hospital

 

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Presentation on SUcceSS Trial: SUrgery for Spinal Stenosis – Wednesday 24 May 2017

Presentation on SUcceSS Trial: SUrgery for Spinal Stenosis – Wednesday 24 May 2017
The next Clinical & Research Meeting will feature the following presentation: 
 
SUcceSS trial: Randomised Placebo-controlled surgical trial on lumbar spinal stenosis’ by David Anderson, PhD candidate, Principal Physiotherapist at Sydney Spine Institute
 
This NHMRC-funded trial will be the world’s first to elucidate the treatment effect of decompression spinal surgery for central spinal canal stenosis. 160 people with symptomatic central lumbar spinal canal stenosis, who have failed to respond to a course of conservative care, will be randomly allocated to receive either decompressive surgery or placebo surgery. The trial will be conducted in Sydney and Melbourne with leading spine surgeons. Two SSI associates (David Anderson and A/Prof James van Gelder) are involved in the study with David Anderson being the PhD student and A/Prof van Gelder an advisor and participating surgeon.
 
 
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Smart pillow developed with the assistance of Sydney Spine Institute clinicians among top 25 ideas in MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Smart pillow developed with the assistance of Sydney Spine Institute clinicians among top 25 ideas in MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Faculty of Engineering and IT first-year PhD student Suri Susilo recently took part in the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, an intensive week-long new ventures leadership program attracting young entrepreneurs across the globe.

Suri was able to thrive in the program and her business idea – a “smart” pillow system to optimise spine neutrality – was chosen as one of the top 25 ideas, securing her a coveted spot as ‘CEO’ in the program. Suri has been developing her product with clinical assistance from the Sydney Spine Institute.

With real-world experience and a new start-up company under her belt, she is now progressing her smart pillow concept through a PhD, also in biomedical engineering.

Read the full story here!

Biomedical Engineering Innovations II

Biomed students with SSI clinicians at Biomed Innovations 2015

 

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Clinical and Scientific Meeting – Wednesday 1 March 2017

Clinical and Scientific Meeting – Wednesday 1 March 2017

The first multidisciplinary meeting of the year took place on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

Title: “Something for Everyone” (Journal Club)

Presenter: A/Prof. James van Gelder

Scientific articles presented and discussed:

    • Surgical versus nonsurgical treatment of chronic low back pain: A meta-analysis based on current evidence 
    • Central sensitization in chronic low back pain: A narrative review 
    • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty versus Conservative Treatment in Aged Patients with Acute Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Clinical Study
    • Return to Play in Elite Athletes after Lumbar Microdiscectomy: a Meta-analysis 
    • Laminoplasty versus laminectomy and fusion for multilevel cervical compressive myelopathy: a meta-analysis 
    • Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations 
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2016 Biomedical Engineering Innovations

2016 Biomedical Engineering Innovations

Sydney University Biomedical Engineering Students showcase their research at the Sydney Spine Institute on Wednesday 14 December 2016. The students are working on clinical problems such as novel ways to monitor brain pressure, regenerative spinal discs and rapid manufacturing of custom built body implants.

Biomedical PhD and Honours students under the supervision of Dr Philip Boughton, biomedical engineering program manager and lecturer at Sydney University, collaborate with neurosurgeon A/Prof. James van Gelder to identify real world clinical problems and solutions. The students’ research involves use of laboratory methods, manufacturing techniques and mathematical modelling.  This collaboration allows direct application of biomedical innovations to clinical neurosurgery.

To download the invitation, please click here: 2016-biomed-innovations.

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