Show Notes for May 23, 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 –

  • Low Back Pain Disability
  • And Finally, a Story about the Impact of a Cervical Spine Diagnosis on the Careers of National Football League Athletes

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #460 recorded May 23, 2014.

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RSS Info – In this edition of HealthBeat, we discuss Low Back Pain Disability, And Finally, a Story about the Impact of a Cervical Spine Diagnosis on the Careers of National Football League Athletes.

 

Low Back Pain Disability

Lower back pain is the most common disability globally, with more research needed to better understand the disability, according to results of a recently published study.

“Globally, LBP causes more years lived with disability than any other condition. Governments, health service and research providers and donors need to pay far greater attention to the burden that LBP causes than what they have done previously,” the researchers wrote in the study.

The researchers defined LBP as “pain in the area on the posterior aspect of the body from the lower margin of the twelfth ribs to the lower gluteal folds with or without pain referred into one or both lower limbs that lasts for at least one day.”

In their systematic reviews on the prevalence, incidence, remission, duration and mortality risk of LBP, Hoy and colleagues identified four levels of severity for LBP with and without leg pain, each with their own disability weights.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.thelancet.com/themed/global-burden-of-disease

http://www.healio.com/spine-surgery/lumbar/news/online/%7B56afebd2-2aa3-46cc-82ab-0963369e463b%7D/lower-back-pain-causes-more-disability-globally-than-any-other-condition

 

Impact of a Cervical Spine Diagnosis on the Careers of National Football League Athletes

A study in the journal Spine was recently published to determine the effect of cervical spine pathology on athletes entering the National Football League.

The association of symptomatic cervical spine pathology with American football athletes has been described; however, it is unknown how preexisting cervical spine pathology affects career performance of a National Football League player.

The medical evaluations and imaging reports of American football athletes from 2003 to 2011 during the combine were evaluated. Athletes with a cervical spine diagnosis were matched to controls and career statistics were compiled.

Of a total of 2965 evaluated athletes, 143 players met the inclusion criteria. Athletes who attended the National Football League combine without a cervical spine diagnosis were more likely to be drafted than those with a diagnosis.

This study suggests that athletes with preexisting cervical spine pathology were less likely to be drafted than controls. Players with preexisting cervical spine pathology demonstrated a shorter career than those without; however, statistically based performance and numbers of games started were not different.

Players with cervical spinal stenosis and those with a history of previous surgery demonstrated no difference in performance-based outcomes and no reports of neurological injury during their careers.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2014/05200/The_Impact_of_a_Cervical_Spine_Diagnosis_on_the.5.aspx

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/20/us-usa-football-health-idUSKBN0E01ZI20140520

 

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