Discussion Group Meeting: Spinal OA

Date/Time: Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Zoom Link: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/84012094809

Spinal Osteoarthritis Discussion Group

Osteoarthritis of the lower back is a common finding in the aging population and may lead to severe pain, decreased mobility and long-term disability. Signs of degenerative facet joints can be found in 80% of older individuals, whilst moderate or severe lumbar facet joint osteoarthritis (OA) can be observed in 89% of people aged 65 years and older. Whilst imaging techniques are used to diagnose spinal OA, clinical decisions correlating radiographic findings and spinal pain are complex and poorly understood. The Spinal OA Discussion Group 2022 will include four international presenters who will discuss some of the latest research findings on the potential association between imaging and spinal OA.

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CET Agenda:

Clinical and Radiographic Features of Spinal OA Predict Long-Term Persistence and Severity of Back Pain in Older Adults
Dr. Alessandro Chiarotto, VU University Amsterdam


Association of Lumbar Spine Radiographic Changes with the Severity of Back-Pain Related Disability Among Middle-Aged, Community-Dwelling Women
Prof. Manuela Ferreira, Sydney University


A Longitudinal Study of Disc Height Narrowing and Facet Joint Osteoarthritis at the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine, Evaluated by Computed Tomography: the Framingham Study
Prof. Mohamed Jarraya, Harvard Medical School

  Discussion Panel:
Dr. Alessandro Chiarotto, VU University Amsterdam
Prof. Manuela Ferreira, Sydney University
Prof. Mohamed Jarraya, Harvard Medical School
Prof. Ali Guermazi, Boston University
  Panel Chairs:
Prof. Chris Little, Sydney University 
Prof. Sita Bierma-Zeinstra, Erasmus MC