The Axis Spine Center team leads the way throughout the Inland Northwest in the research and creation of innovative surgical techniques, pain medicines, and therapies. Our research department conducts clinical studies of new procedures and devices, providing patients with access to the latest surgical technologies and furthering the development of non-invasive healing procedures and solutions.

Research Department

  • Shelley Reed, RN, BA, Clinical Research Manager
  • Makenna Girard, CRC
  • Kimberly McHenry, CRC

The Distinct Study

The DISTINCT Low Back Pain Study is for those who have not had back surgery or are currently good candidates for surgery. The goal of this study is to understand how BurstDR stimulation can relieve chronic low back pain.

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The TOPS™ Study

The TOPS™ System is a dynamic implant that stabilizes the spine without rigid spinal fixation. The TOPS™ is implanted at one diseased level (between L2-3, L3-4, or L4-5) following decompression surgery to alleviate pain stemming from spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis.

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which causes a pinching of the spinal cord and nerve roots that extend from the spine to the legs. Degenerative spondylolisthesis refers to an abnormal slip of one spinal vertebra in relation to another that causes pain in the lower back and legs. For more information, please visit

Contact us if you think you might be a great candidate for one of our studies.

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