Since 2014, a growing number of clinical studies have reported on the potential importance of considering spinal alignment measurements when assessing patients for lumbar fusion surgery. “Several well-regarded studies of lumbar fusion surgery patients have demonstrated correlations between alignment measurements and long term clinical symptoms,” said Richard Kube, M.D., from Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill. “In my clinical practice, alignment data can routinely change my decisions regarding patient selection, the type of surgery, and the number of levels involved.”
VMA-Align reports are included as part of standard VMA diagnostic reports and provide detailed spinal alignment measurements. Therefore, no additional workflow is required for existing VMA prescribers to access VMA-Align reports, according to the company. VMA is a new test for assessing spinal motion and instability that is often prescribed alongside magnetic resonance imaging and plain X-rays in the diagnostic workup of spine surgery patients. VMA, OKI’s lead product, is being adopted widely at many spine centers across the United States.
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VMA-Align offers surgeons and other providers easy, “no-touch” tools to stay on the cutting edge of the new science surrounding spinal alignment. The combined VMA/VMA-Align reports provide compelling ease-of-use by consolidating all motion, instability, and alignment data into one report page. Lumbar fusion decision making can be faster, more informed, and based on the latest science.
Ortho Kinematics is working with a group of leading clinicians, researchers, and developers who are passionate about leveraging spine biomechanical data to improve the diagnosis and treatment of back pain. The company is located in Austin, Texas.