Among the awards presented at NASS 2017 were The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper Awards, which were presented on Thursday, October 26. The Spine Journal and NASS created the Outstanding Paper Awards to recognize excellence in unpublished research in spine care.
OUTSTANDING PAPER: MEDICAL / INTERVENTIONAL SCIENCE
From the International Space Station to The Clinic: How Prolonged Unloading May Elevate Risk for Low Back Pain and Lumbar Instability
Jeannie F. Bailey, PhD; Stephanie L. Miller, MS; Kristine Khieu; Conor W. O’Neill, MD; Robert M. Healey, MBA; Dezba G. Couglin, PhD; Jojo V. Sayson, PT, DMT; Douglas G. Chang, MD, PhD; Alan R. Hargens, PhD; Jeffrey C. Lotz, PhD
OUTSTANDING PAPER: SURGICAL SCIENCE
Objective Measurement of Function Following Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Decompression Reveals Improved Functional Capacity with Stagnant Real-Life Physical Activity
Matthew Smuck, MD; Amir Muaremi, PhD; Patricia Zheng, MD; Justin Norden, MPhil; Aman Sinha, MPhil; Richard Hu, MD; Christy Tomkins-Lane, PhD
OUTSTANDING PAPER: VALUE IN SPINE CARE
Establishing Benchmarks for the Volume-Outcome Relationship for Common Lumbar Spine Surgical Procedures
Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD; Daniel Sturgeon, MS; Camden B. Burns, MD; Tyler J. Hunt, BS; Christopher Bono, MD.
OUTSTANDING PAPER: RUNNER UP
A Minimum of 5-Year Follow-Up After Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections in Patients with Lumbar Radicular Pain Due to Intervertebral Disc Herniation
David J. Kennedy, MD; Patricia Zheng, MD; Matthew Smuck, MD; Zachary L. McCormick, MD; Lisa Huynh, MD; Byron J. Schneider, MD .