CF 303: Hip Pain And Corticosteroids & Chronic Pain After Spinal Surgery
Today we’re going to talk about Hip Pain And Corticosteroids & Chronic Pain After Spinal Surgery
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Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Spinal Manipulative Therapy And Bezodiazepines & Yanking Someone’s Head Off
. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. On the personal end of things…..
Back at it. You remember when I told you last week that I think we’re on a turnaround after having been out sick and then the next week having to spend half a week in Chicago for the Forensics conference? I think the trend is continuing.
I’m looking at 46 appointments today. That’s including 3 new patient exams, 2 PI intakes, and 3 re-exams. So it’s going to be a busy one today. I’ll be glad when the day wraps up at 6:00 pm this evening. Thursday is looking a little light but it’s 8:30 on a Monday morning right now. We have plenty of time to fill that day out in the next few days.
We had our first cold blast of the year and guess who’s not happy about it? This guy. This guy that love the Summer and green things and birds chirping and shiny happy people out running around and enjoying the warm weather. This guy.
In fact, cold weather and Winter basically piss me off a bit if I’m being honest. It’s terrible. Everything goes dormant, the clocks change so it’s dark before I even get off of work, the cold wind and wet rain and ice and snow…..I’m getting triggered just to talk about it honestly.
So, the point is, it’s a mental battle for me on some very low level. It’s in the background for sure but it’s a battle for me. I hate it and yet, I have to learn to live with it every year and just get through it. Maybe I’m dramatic about it. Sure. But don’t we have our challenges that work our mental state? We’re all different so I’m sure yours is likely different than mine in lots of cases.
Another thing that has been working my mental state is the lack of a good billing company. I tried to have in-house billing for years. I lost almost a million dollars over the course of 3 years because I trusted too much. She didn’t steal. She just didn’t re-submit when denied so once timely filing passes, you’re outta luck. Well, we were outta luck a bunch it seems and by the time I found it, it was pretty far gone.
A lot of beer will get you past something like that.
They don’t share these things with you when you’re going through school but there are some soul-sucking parts to being a clinic owner. What would it be like to just show up and go to work and go home without the worry and the fret of the HR part….the billing and collecting part? What would that all be like??
I don’t know but I’m moving down the path of finding that out. I’m working on a potential partial buyout in the next 6 months. And ya know what? I’m not even nervous about it. Because the business end of it isn’t my special skill. Not my special talent. It gives me loss of enjoyment.
So as I go down that path, I’ll be updating you. It may be something you’ll be interested in as well in the coming years. Especially if you’re 50-something and getting long in the tooth.
We shall see. To be continued. Item #1
Our first one this week is called, “Rapidly Destructive Hip Disease Following Intra-Articular Corticosteroid Injection of the Hip”
by Okie et. Al. and published in Journal of Bone Joint & Surgery on November 17, 2021.
Okike K, King RK, Merchant JC, Toney EA, Lee GY, Yoon HC. Rapidly Destructive Hip Disease Following Intra-Articular Corticosteroid Injection of the Hip. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2021 Nov 17;103(22):2070-2079. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.20.02155. PMID: 34550909. Why They Did It
While recent reports have suggested that hip corticosteroid injections can hasten joint degeneration, there are few published data on the topic. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate for an association between corticosteroid injection and rapidly destructive hip disease (RDHD) and to determine the rate of, and risk factors for, occurrence. How They Did It
What They Found
- This study was conducted in 2 parts. First, to assess for a potential association between hip corticosteroid injection and RDHD, a case-control analysis was performed.
- Patients who developed RDHD between 2013 and 2016 served as cases, whereas those who underwent total hip arthroplasty for diagnoses other than RDHD during the same period served as controls, and the exposure of interest was prior intra-articular hip corticosteroid injection.
- Second, in a retrospective cohort analysis, we analyzed all patients who received a fluoroscopically guided intra-articular hip corticosteroid injection at our institution from 2013 to 2016.
- The rate of post-injection RDHD was determined, and logistic regression was used to identify risk factors for occurrence.
Wrap It Up
- In the case-control analysis, hip corticosteroid injection was associated with the development of RDHD.
- There was evidence of a dose-response curve, with the risk of RDHD increasing with injection dosage as well as with the number of injections received.
- In the retrospective cohort analysis, the rate of post-injection RDHD was 5.4%.
- Cases of post-injection RDHD were diagnosed at an average of 5.1 months following injection and were characterized by rapidly progressive joint-space narrowing, osteolysis, and collapse of the femoral head.
- This study documents an association between hip corticosteroid injection and RDHD.
- While the risk of RDHD following a single low-dose (≤40 mg) is low, the risk is higher following high-dose (≥80 mg) injection and multiple injections.
- These findings provide information that can be used to counsel patients about the risks associated with this common procedure.
- In addition, caution should be taken with intra-articular hip injections utilizing ≥80 mg of corticosteroid and multiple injections.
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Our last one this week is called, “Prevalence of Chronic Pain After Spinal Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” by Alshammari et. Al. and published in Cureus on July 13, 2023 and Damnit that’s sizzlin’ hot! Why They Did It
Degenerative disc disease and low back pain are common challenges that persist even after a discectomy. However, characterizations and quantifications of these illnesses from the patients’ perspective are insufficient. We aimed to perform a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis to determine the frequency of chronic pain after spinal surgery. How They Did It
What They Found
- They searched all of the common libraries of research to retrieve articles describing the frequency of persistent back pain, reoccurring disc herniation, and undergoing another operation following primary lumbar discectomy.
- They excluded articles that did not disclose the proportion of patients who experienced ongoing back or leg pain for over six months after the operation.
- They included 16 studies evaluating 85,643 patients.
The pooled prevalence of persistent pain was 14.97% Wrap It Up
With all advancements in technology and operation techniques, many patients (14.97%) still have failed back surgery syndrome. Appropriate preoperative communication and multidisciplinary and coordinated treatment strategies yielded the best results.
I would argue that it’s actually higher than that. In a book that I highly recommend called Back In Control by spinal surgeon Dr. David Hanscum, he cites research showing that when surgery is performed on a patient with chronic pain syndrome, that person is 60% more likely to develop chronic pain at the new site of injury….the site of surgery. That’s when everything goes perfectly.
I have a friend that is a neurosurgeon in our market and he regularly tells his patient that spinal surgery is about a 50/50 chance of success or failure. I haven’t asked him for research on that but I’m passing the info along as it was passed to me.
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