Research at the Spine Center: Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial


Hear Dr. Adam Pearson describe how findings from the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial, also referred to as “SPORT”, are used in the care of patients at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Spine Center. The Spine Center is the lead center of this trial, one of the largest surgical studies federally funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS). This is a national prospective randomized clinical trial to study the effectiveness of surgical and medical care for three of the most common diagnoses for spine patients needing surgery: lumbar intervertebral herniated disc, lumbar spinal stenosis and lumbar spine stenosis associated with degenerative spondylolisthesis. The Spine Center is continuing to following participants in this study and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journal with international readership. Spine surgeons locally, regionally and internationally use the research generated from the Spine Center to council and educate their patients about surgical and medical approaches for their spine care.

Results from the study are published online at:

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