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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Neck Pain and Tactile Deficits
- And Finally, a Story about MRI Findings and Low Back Pain
For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #613 recorded November 24, 2017.
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Neck Pain and Tactile Deficits
Tactile acuity deficits have been demonstrated in a range of persistent pain conditions and may reflect underlying cortical re-organisation.
A recent Musculoskeletal Science and Practice study aimed to determine whether tactile acuity is impaired in people with chronic neck pain relative to controls, and whether deficits relate to pain location, duration and intensity.
The study concluded that people with chronic neck pain demonstrated tactile acuity deficits in painful and non-painful regions when measured using the two-point discrimination test, with the magnitude of deficits appearing greatest at the neck.
The study also revealed a positive relationship between two-point discrimination and pain intensity/duration, further supporting the main study finding.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.mskscienceandpractice.com/article/S2468-7812(17)30176-5/fulltext
MRI Findings and Low Back Pain
The purpose of a recent study published in PLOS One, was to conduct a 10-year longitudinal analysis of the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and low back pain (LBP).
Ninety-one volunteers with a history of LBP, but without current LBP were recruited between 2005 and 2006. Participants’ baseline demographics and MRI findings were recorded.
Compared with the group without LBP history, the group that had LBP history during the 10 years did not have a significantly increased prevalence of disc degeneration, disc bulging, and high intensity zone in the follow-up and baseline MRIs. Spondylolisthesis and any type of Modic changes were also not associated with LBP history during the 10 years.
The study concluded that follow-up MRI findings consistent with Pfirrmann grading ≥4, disc bulging, high intensity zone, spondylolisthesis, and any type of Modic changes were not associated with LBP history during the 10 years between the baseline and follow-up study.
The progresses of these findings were also not associated with the LBP history. In addition, baseline MRI findings were not associated with LBP history during the 10 years; therefore, the author’s data suggest that baseline MRI findings cannot predict future LBP.
Surf to our Show notes for Links – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0188057
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