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International Conference on Spine and Spinal Disorders, will be organized around the theme “Tearing down the veil to a better Spine health”

Spine 2016 is comprised of 19 tracks and 125 sessions designed to offer comprehensive sessions that address current issues in Spine 2016.

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The human spine is a rigid self-supporting structure consisting of 33 bones (vertebrae) connected by ligaments and muscles. It runs from the base of the skull to the pelvis. The vertebra is divided into different regions: Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx; each performs its own function. An intervertebral disc separates and cushions each vertebra in the spine. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves arises from the spinal cord which transmits signals back and forth between the body and the spinal cord.

Damage to Spine could seriously impair the \ability of ones control over sensation and movement. A neutral spine  or a good posture refers to the "three natural curves which are present in a healthy spine". Proper alignment of the body puts less pressure on the spine and enables a good posture. 

  • Track 1-1Thoracic Spine
  • Track 1-2Bamboo Spine
  • Track 1-3Lumbosacral Spine
  • Track 1-4Narrowing of Spine
  • Track 1-5Thoracolumbar Spine
  • Track 1-6Dorsal Spine
  • Track 1-7Kissing Spine
  • Track 1-8Spine Myopathy 
  • Track 1-9Dendritic Spine
  • Track 1-10Sclerosis of Spine

Every year, around the world, between 250 000 and 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury. Spine fractures are a result sudden blow or injury to the vertebrae Treatment of spinal fractures involves the realignment of broken pieces and keeping them aligned until the bone has healed. Some fractures rectify with external bracing while others may require surgical stabilization, with implanted screws, hooks and connecting rods, and fusing that portion of the same spine. Spinal fusion market will reach $6.9 billion by 2020. According to a report from Millennium Research Group, the global spinal non-fusion market will nearly triple in size through 2022 to reach and surpass $1.6 billion. The global spinal implant market, including the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific, was valued at over $5 billion in 2008 and has grown more than $7.5 billion in 2013.

  • Track 2-1Spinal Cord Injury
  • Track 2-2Spinal degeneration
  • Track 2-3Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
  • Track 2-4Spine injury and Spondylolysis
  • Track 2-5Spinal cord stimulator
  • Track 2-6Spinal cord compression
  • Track 2-7Advances in Spinal cord injury Treatment
  • Track 2-8Spinal Implants
  • Track 2-9Spinal Arachnoiditis

Spinal stenosis is a spinal disorder that results when the cervical spine or the spinal nerve roots in the lumbar spine are compressed. Severe stenosis is common in older people- 30.4% of the Japanese population had a severe stenosis (average age 67.3 (range 40-93) years) .The symptoms of lumbar stenosis often include leg pain and leg tingling, weakness, or numbness whereas arm pain is a typical symptom of cervical spinal stenosis. In the case of cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy, trouble with coordination could be seen. Stenosis treatment may include non-surgical options or back surgery.

  • Track 3-1Stenosis
  • Track 3-2Cervical Stenosis
  • Track 3-3Lumbar Stenosis
  • Track 3-4Myelopathy and Radiculopathy
  • Track 3-5Foraminal Stenosis
  • Track 3-6Canal Stenosis
  • Track 3-7Epidural steroid injections
  • Track 3-8Advances in Spinal stenosis treatment
  • Track 3-9Essential exercise for Spinal stenosis

Sciatica refers to low back pain that emanates into the buttock, hip, and down one leg to the foot. It affects 15% to 40% people during their lifetime. People aged between of 30 and 50 years are more prone to sciatica. The major cause of sciatica is herniated disk , being degenerative arthritis, vascular abnormalities in the proximity of spine, spinal tumour, trauma, infection, and inflammation. Approximately 80% to 90% of people with sciatica recover without any surgical intervention. A complete history of the patient along with physical examination is necessary to determine the location of the irritated nerve root. Main diagnostic tests for sciatica include MRI and CT.

Most patients with sciatica respond well to nonsurgical treatments so spine surgery is seldom needed to treat it. However, there are situations when spine surgery is necessary.

  • Track 4-1Surgical management
  • Track 4-2Spinal decompression therapy
  • Track 4-3Sciatic nerve regeneration
  • Track 4-4Pinched sciatic nerve
  • Track 4-5Sciatic pain management
  • Track 4-6Acupuncture for Sciatica
  • Track 4-7Advances in Sciatica treatment
  • Track 4-8Advances in Sciatica treatment
  • Track 4-9Disc Herniation

Scoliosis is an abnormal condition where in the spine curves laterally in the frontal. This could be due to uneven muscles on either side of the spine, uneven hips, arm, or legs, or an abnormal rib cage rotation. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form of the condition.

Kyphosis is an abnormal outward curvature of the thoracic caused by years of poor posture or conditions such as Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scheuermann disease or Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis(DISH). It is more prevalent among the elderly population. Kyphosis causes imbalance because of abnormal spine flexion increasing compression and shear forces on thoracic vertebrae. Kyphosis is estimated to affect 4-8% of the general population.

Lordosis is abnormal curvature of the lumbar spine causing low back pain and muscle spasms. It  is widely seen  in dancers and in individuals who do not lift weight well and those who have uneven muscles between the abdominal and lower back muscles.

If the spine is 50 degrees or greater outside the normal range of curvature, surgery may be required. Chiropractic therapy can slow down, stop, or even reverse the signs of abnormal spinal curvature.

  • Track 5-1Spinal curvature disorders
  • Track 5-2Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Track 5-3Hyperkyphosis and Kyphoscoliosis
  • Track 5-4Obesity and Lumbar Lordosis
  • Track 5-5Radical correction of Spinal Curvature
  • Track 5-6Spinal Scoliosis
  • Track 5-7Advances in Scoliosis surgery
  • Track 5-8Advances in Scoliosis surgery
  • Track 5-9Advances in Scoliosis treatment

Most episodes of back pain  will get better with time (about 2 to 12 weeks) and non-surgical care ;so also certain spinal disorders .Others need surgery ,deprived of which the condition of spine may worsen and sometimes become fatal. Global spine surgery devices market is expected to be worth $14.8 billion by 2017, with a size of approximately $11,554 million in 2012 and an estimated annual growth rate of 5.1% over the next five years. Spine surgery industry has beheld innumerable technological advancements over the past two decades The spine market is broadly classified into five- fusion, non-fusion, spinal decompression, vertebral compression fracture treatment products and spine biologics. Fusion category can be divided into spine fusion and fixation and spinal bone stimulators. The European spine surgery devices market is expected to reach $2,993.6 million by 2019, at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2014 to 2019.

The key market players to achieve growth in the Europe spine surgery devices market are Alphatec Spine, Inc. Amedica Corporation Biomet, Inc.Depuy Synthes Companies.Globus Medical, Inc. Integra Lifesciences Holdings Corporation. Medtronic, Inc. (U.S.) Nuvasive Inc Stryker Corporation Zimmer Holding,Inc.

  • Track 6-1Endoscopic and Laser Spine surgery
  • Track 6-2Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Track 6-3Spinal Instrumentation
  • Track 6-4Spinal fusion
  • Track 6-5Spinal infections
  • Track 6-6Advances in Spine surgery
  • Track 6-7Advances in Spine surgery

Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis are conditions that impair the alignment of vertebrae as a result of damage on the moveable joints of the spine. They are the most typical causes of back pain in children and adolescents. Spondylolysis causes the bony bridges that connects the upper and lower facet joints to be weak which in turn results in fracture that can occur at any level of the spine. This weakness leads to the slippage of vertebrae out of their normal position thus resulting in spondylolisthesis. 30% of spondylolysis patients experience spondylolisthesis

  • Track 7-1Degenerative Spondylosis
  • Track 7-2Isthmic Spondylolisthesis
  • Track 7-3Non-surgical and Surgical treatment
  • Track 7-4Outlook for Spondylolisthesis patients
  • Track 7-5Advances in Spondylolisthesis surgery
  • Track 7-6Advances in Spondylosis surgery
  • Track 7-7Advances in Discectomy surgery

Whiplash describes injury to the neck as a result of a motor vehicle or car accident. Approximately 120,000 whiplash injuries occur in the US each year. Upto 10% of victims of whiplash become totally disabled. Whiplash injuries account for more than 65% of all bodily injury claims. In Canada, whiplash injuries account for over 2 million insurance claims each year. In Britain, the economic costs exceed $600 million/year (ICBC). About 300,000 of these become disabled usually due to pain. Cervicalgia is neck pain that occurs toward the rear or the side of the cervical vertebrae. It affects the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Whiplash or improper posture or sleeping position can result in cervicalgia.

Certain tests like MRI, X-ray, and CT scan are used to help diagnose certain spinal disorders .Spine surgery may be recommended in rare cases. In absence of proper medical treatment, it can become a serious condition.

  • Track 8-1Whiplash associated disorders
  • Track 8-2Cervical Spine Injuries
  • Track 8-3Neurological Recovery
  • Track 8-4Cervical Spine
  • Track 8-5Cervical Spine Immobilization

Carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems the hand because of pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve and several tendons running from forearm to hand through a small space in wrist is called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers. Pressure on the median nerve causes Carpal tunnel syndrome. This pressure can come from swelling or anything that makes the carpal tunnel smaller. Many things can cause this swelling, including: Illnesses such as hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. Making the same hand movements over and over, especially if the wrist is bent down (your hands lower than your wrists), or making the same wrist movements over and over.

  • Track 9-1Acute Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Track 9-2Necrotic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Track 9-3Obesity and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Track 9-4Lifestyle and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Track 9-5Conservative vs Operative Treatment
  • Track 9-6Advances in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Spina bifida or "cleft spine," is a neural tube defect characterized by the incomplete development of the spinal cord, and/or meninges. Each year 140,000 NTD cases occur per year worldwide. Spina bifida is of four types: occulta, closed neural tube defects, meningocele, and myelomeningocele ,occulta being the mildest and the most common. Even though the exact cause of Spina bifida remains a mystery. Research studies indicate that insufficient intake of folic acid-a common B vitamin-in the mother's diet is a key factor in causing spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the disorder. Children with the mild case of spina bifida need no treatment, however some may require surgery as they grow.

  • Track 10-1Advances in Spina Bifida Treatment
  • Track 10-2Spina Bifida
  • Track 10-3Spinal Dysraphism
  • Track 10-4Prenatal diagnosis of Spina bifida
  • Track 10-5Health issues and Treatments
  • Track 10-6Folic acid intake and Prevention

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months. Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse. Treatment for back pain depends on what kind of pain you have, and what is causing it. It may include hot or cold packs, exercise, medicines, injections, complementary treatments, and sometimes surgery.

  • Track 11-1Back Pain causes
  • Track 11-2Essential lower back exercises
  • Track 11-3Pinched nerve lower back
  • Track 11-4Advances in Acupuncture for Back pain
  • Track 11-5Physical therapy for Back pain
  • Track 11-6Advances in lower pain treatment

Spinal disorder may be seen in individuals irrespective of their age -Spina bifida in infants to Spinal stenosis in the elderly. There are many types of spinal disorders. The increase in population with spinal disorders has met with a leap in the advancements in diagnostic techniques. X rays, MRI, CT , DEA are some of the commonly used tools in diagnosing spinal disorders.

  • Track 12-1X-rays
  • Track 12-2Computerized Tomography
  • Track 12-3Myelogram
  • Track 12-4Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Track 12-5Bone Density Scan
  • Track 12-6Discogram
  • Track 12-7Other diagnostic techniques

Osteoporosis is a systemic disease characterized by low bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue, resulting in an elevated risk of fracture. It affects all individuals in the long run and is a part of normal aging. However some develop osteoporosis at an earlier stage in their life due to various illnesses or as part of hormone deficiency states. Approximately 1.5 million people suffer from an osteoporotic fracture each year and an estimated 700,000 of them experience spinal fractures. In Europe, the disability due to Osteoporosis is greater than that caused by cancers.

The use of biomarkers facilitates early diagnosis of osteoporosis .Ultrasound, Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) and Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) are other commonly used diagnostic tools .Treatment of established osteoporosis is cost-effective irrespective of age and therapies with proven rapid efficacy may offer important value to healthcare providers and patients.

  • Track 13-1Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia
  • Track 13-2Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
  • Track 13-3Biomarkers as diagnostic tools
  • Track 13-4Dietary recommendations
  • Track 13-5Vitamin D and Antiepileptic Drugs
  • Track 13-6Osteoporosis
  • Track 13-7Advances in Osteoporosis Treatment

Lumbar puncture is a medical procedure that is mainly carried out to procure cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and analyse it to rule out potential fatal conditions and also for therapeutic purposes. CSF analysis can also assist in the diagnosis of several serious conditions.

32 % of the patients experience severe headache after lumbar puncture and carries a substantial morbidity. The symptoms last for several days and at times severe enough to immobilise the patient. If left untreated, it can result in fatal complications such as subdural haematoma and seizures. Ultrasound-guided lumbar puncture is the most helpful to almost 75% of the obese patients with spinal disorders.

The market for lumbar puncture is growing day by day. The average cost of the procedure alone is $353. Typically, the total cost for a lumbar puncture is $3,000-$5,000. Some of the key players in this market are Abbott Laboratories,Inc., Affymetrix Inc., Beckman Coulter Inc., Becton-Dickinson Company, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Diamedix Corporation , DiaSorinS.p.A., Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc., Gen-Probe, Inc., Hologic, Inc.,Novartis Diagnostics and Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.

  • Track 14-1Lumbar Spine
  • Track 14-2Lumbar puncture and Spinal anesthesia
  • Track 14-3Lumbar Spine arthritis
  • Track 14-4Pseudarthrosis Lumbar Spine
  • Track 14-5Osteophytes Lumbar Spine
  • Track 14-6Lower Lumbar Spine
  • Track 14-7Analysis of Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Track 14-8Ultrasound assisted Lumbar Puncture
  • Track 14-9Thoracic Lumbar Spine
  • Track 14-10Lumbar Sacrosis
  • Track 14-11Complications of Lumbar puncture

In recent years, a great deal of research and development has taken place concerning  pain and its physiological and psychological basis, which has  lead to effective Pain management treatments that can provide complete or partial pain relief.

Pain, if not dealt with ,can interfere with the healing process by affecting the immune system and leading to other undesirable health outcome. In cases of back pain, discomfort can hinder the rehabilitation process by interfering with exercise and increasing the risk of psychological distress. Cold laser therapy, Electrotherapy, Neuropathic pain treatment are some of the pain management approaches in managing spinal pain.

Bio-Medical Research (BMR) Ltd.  Boston Scientific Corp. ,Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.,  DJO Global, Inc.   Halyard Health are some of the leading market players in the field of pain management.

  • Track 15-1Chronic pain management
  • Track 15-2Cold laser therapy
  • Track 15-3Electrotherapy
  • Track 15-4Neuropathic pain treatment
  • Track 15-5Opioids
  • Track 15-6Other techniques followed

A spinal tumor is a growth of cells (mass) in or surrounding the spinal cord.Any type of tumor may occur in the spine, including: Leukaemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma. A small number of spinal tumors occur in the nerves of the spinal cord itself. Most often these are ependymomas and other gliomas. Tumors that start in spinal tissue are called primary spinal tumors. Tumors that spread to the spine from some other place (metastasize) are called secondary spinal tumors. Tumors may spread to the spine from the breast, prostate, lung, and other areas. The cause of primary spinal tumors is unknown. Some primary spinal tumors occur with certain inherited gene mutations.

  • Track 16-1Intradural Spinal neoplasm
  • Track 16-2Spinal meningiomas
  • Track 16-3Vertebral metastasis
  • Track 16-4Spine tumor management

Injury to spinal cord can lead to paraplegia and quadriplegia. Even though only partial restorative treatments are available for spinal cord injury, several rehabilitative, cellular and molecular therapies have been tested in animal models. Many of these potential therapies have reached or are pacing towards clinical trials. Since individual therapies doesn't stand a good chance of a positive outcome, a combination of strategies have been put forward. Primary scientific research should provide a basis for generating specific combinations of clinical therapies to different types of spinal cord injuries.

  • Track 17-1Cellular Intervention
  • Track 17-2Molecular Intervention
  • Track 17-3Rehabilitative training
  • Track 17-4Technical aspects
  • Track 19-1Practice Management
  • Track 19-2Spine surgery devices
  • Track 19-3Imaging devices