Investigating the Effect of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy on Patients’ Handwriting
The purpose of this study is to determine if there are any changes in handwriting of patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy, and assess the value of handwriting changes as an early predictor in the disease.
Efficacy of Riluzole in Surgical Treatment for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM-Protect)
CSM (Cervical spondylotic myelopathy) is the most common cause of spinal cord injury worldwide. While there is evidence from the recently completed SpineNet prospective study that surgical decompression is an effective treatment for CSM, it is clear that many patients have remaining neurological impairment. While surgery is relatively safe, approximately 3% of patients maintain a neurological problem. Given this background and data from preclinical models of non-traumatic and traumatic spinal cord injury, there is strong evidence to consider the potential benefit of adding a neuroprotective drug which aids in the treatment of patients with CSM whom are undergoing surgical decompression. ...
A Study of Bowel Function Return After One or Two Level Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion with Chewing Gum
The purpose of this study is to observe changes in bowel pattern based on gum-chewing, examine bowel function after anterior lumbar interbody fusion, measure length of time to return of bowel function after anterior lumbar interbody fusion, compare return of bowel function in patients who chew gum and patients standardized to usual post-operative care, measure the hospital length of stay amongst study groups, and measure post-operative pain amongst study groups.