Are you scheduled for cervical spine fusion surgery? Are you between the ages of 21-60? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to help learn more about how cervical spine fusion surgery affects the movement of the neck bones. Compensation provided.
STUDY PURPOSECervical spine fusion is a complex surgery that joins selected bones in the neck. The surgery is commonly performed to treat pain and disability related to a number of different spinal conditions including spinal stenosis and herniated disc disease. The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about how cervical spine fusion surgery affects the movement of the neck bones. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to identify problems and improve treatment in people undergoing cervical spine fusion surgery.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 21-60
- Scheduled for cervical spine fusion surgery
- Capable of moving your neck
- Not diagnosed with osteoporosis
- No history of radiation therapy, or radiation exposure on the job
- Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant in next 3 years, and not breastfeeding
- Can read and write English
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECTParticipation in this study involves three visits over three years. One visit will take place before your surgery and the next two visits will take place at 1 and 3 years after your surgery. During these visits, participants will perform range of motion movements of the head and neck while having high-speed x-ray images taken. Participants will also have a CT scan of the neck.
IRB:STUDY19070070B - Adjacent Segment Mechanics in Cervical Arthrodesis Patients
MEET THE RESEARCHER
William J. Anderst, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Anderst is the director of the Orthopaedic Biodynamics Laboratory where the central theme of research is identification and treatment of mechanical disorders that drive the progression of degenerative musculoskeletal disease.