Show Notes for September 19, 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 –

  • Annular Tears and Accelerated Disc Degeneration
  • And Finally a Story about the Impact of Chiropractic Services at an On-Site Health Center

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #477 recorded September 19, 2014.

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Annular Tears and Accelerated Disc Degeneration

It is questionable whether an annular tear (AT) is a predictor for accelerated degeneration of the intervertebral discs. The aim of the present study published in the European Spine Journal, was to answer this question via a matched case–control study design that reliably eliminates potential confounders.

Presence or absence of annular tear, defined as a hyperintense lesion within the annular fibrosus on T2-weighted non-contrast MRI images, was documented in 450 intervertebral lumbar discs of 90 patients who could be followed up for at least 4 years with MRI.

The study concluded that Discs with a Pfirrmann grade >2 with an annular tear, defined by a hyperintense signal intensity on MRI, are not prone to accelerated degeneration if compared to discs without an annular tear. Therefore, the presence of an annular tear per se does not predict accelerated disc degeneration.

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Impact of Chiropractic Services at an On-Site Health Center

A recent study in the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine compared the influence of employer-sponsored, on-site chiropractic care against community-obtained care on health care utilization.

This was a retrospective claims analysis of members of a single employee health plan receiving chiropractic care on-site or off-site from 2010 to 2012.

Utilization differences were evaluated by having 1 health care event or more, including radiology or clinical visits.

The study concluded that compared with off-site care, on-site chiropractic services are associated with lower health care utilization. These results support the value of chiropractic services offered at on-site health centers.

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