Research

Dr. Scott Rosa Research

Spinal injuries, whether due to trauma, degenerative changes, or disease, are extremely important to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate in a precise and conservative manner.  Assessment of spinal stability, or lack thereof, is essential in conjunction with all classification systems since the choice of treatment in each specific type of CSI is based on whether the injury is considered biomechanically and clinically stable or not.  Correct evaluation of joint biomechanics, especially those in the cervical spine area is paramount.  However, static diagnostic testing often does not have sufficient resolution to identify these soft tissue injuries[1] that are non-disc related and this can lead to complications in an otherwise treatable patient.  With the utilization of dynamic imaging, specifically Motion x-ray guided Dynamic Upright MRI ®, cervical spine hypermobilities and instabilities due to ligamentous failure and or sub-failure can be identified and treated accordingly.  These unstable spinal injuries can directly damage the spinal cord itself if not evaluated and diagnosed through proper clinical practice.

  •  [1]  Panjabi, et al.