Show Notes for June 20, 2014

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –

  • 9-11 and Chronic Illness
  • And Finally a Story about Sagittal posture monitoring offers limited use in identifying back pain causes

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #464 recorded June 20, 2014.

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RSS Info – In this edition of HealthBeat, we discuss 9-11 and Chronic Illness, Sagittal posture monitoring offers limited use in identifying back pain causes.


9-11 and Chronic Illness

Few studies have focused on injuries from the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. Severe injury has health consequences, including an increased mortality risk 10 years after injury and the risk of mental health problems, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The World Trade Center Health Registry identified 14,087 persons with none of a selected group of preexisting chronic conditions before 2002 who were present during and soon after the World Trade Center attacks, 1,980 of whom reported sustaining 1 or more types of injury (e.g., a broken bone or burn).

Survey data obtained during 2003-2004 and 2006-2007 were used to assess the odds of reporting a diagnosis of chronic conditions (heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer) up to 5-6 years after the attacks. Number of injury types and probable PTSD were significantly associated with having any chronic conditions diagnosed in 2002-2007.

Persons with multiple injuries and PTSD had a 3-fold higher risk of heart disease than did those with no injury and no PTSD, and persons with multiple injuries and with no PTSD had a 2-fold higher risk of respiratory diseases.

The present study shows that injured persons with or without comorbid PTSD have a higher risk of developing chronic diseases. Clinicians should be aware of the heightened risk of chronic heart and respiratory conditions among injured persons.

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Sagittal posture monitoring offers limited use in identifying back pain causes

Due to inconsistencies observed between males and females, sagittal posture monitoring had limited usefulness as a screening tool to identify the causes behind back pain and other quality of life measures in the general adult population, according to researchers.

In a prospective study, the researchers evaluated the sagittal standing posture of 178 males and 311 females using 36-inch standing radiographs. Back pain and severity were assessed based off of self-reported data.

The researchers found that severe back pain was significantly more prevalent in men with low pelvic tilt/pelvic incidence; however, there were no differences found for the other sagittal radiographical parameters.

Females with high pelvic incidence were more likely to have severe back pain, as were females with high sacral slope.

Physical quality of life in males decreased as sagittal vertical axis increased; however, this trend was insignificant, the researchers said.

In women, sagittal vertical axis demonstrated the largest differences in physical quality of life measures but was no longer statistically significant once the researchers adjusted for age, education and body mass index.

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