Though spinal health care has its first recorded origins in ancient Egyptian medicine, many of the most interesting and innovative advances have been made in the last two hundred years.
This brief overview of the history of spinal treatments in the United States explains how the tools and techniques used have evolved in the last century.
The Early 20th Century
While a great deal of research had been performed on the biomechanics of the spine through the late 17th century in Europe, it wouldn’t be until the late 1800s that significant developments in surgery and trauma care for the spine would arise. During this time, antiseptic and stabilization techniques and radiography were introduced, allowing for more effective and accurate treatments across the board.
The Late 20th Century
By the 1950s, several new spinal conditions and disorders were identified and described, including spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and spondylolysis. In addition, new surgical techniques like discectomies and spinal fusions were being used to treat patients with these conditions. The advances continued throughout the 1960s and 70s, during which time the surgical microscope, MRI and CT scanning, and discectomy and lumbar spine fusion techniques were introduced. With the 1980s and 90s came new insights into the mechanics of the spine, and consequently solutions for spinal bone and disc replacements.
21st Century Innovations
As spinal physicians and specialists in America entered the twenty-first century, new technologies from Britain were just coming into the forefront. It is during this time that minimally invasive techniques using laser and visually assisted technologies were pioneered in the States, including endoscopy, thorascopy and laporoscopy. Now, these surgeries are being perfected and built upon, perfecting a wide range of treatments and therapies that are more accurate, less painful for the patient, and less costly on the whole.
Would you like to learn more about the history of spinal surgery in America? Call the staff members at SpineOne! We can discuss specific developments, particularly those of the last decade, and speak more in detail about the historical backgrounds of the procedures we use. Call us today at (303) 367-2225!