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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Fibromyalgia and Oxygen Therapy
- And Finally, a story about Spinal Manipulation for Upper Limb Pain
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #516 recorded July 24, 2015.
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Fibromyalgia and Oxygen Therapy
Fibromyalgia is very difficult to diagnose. The chronic pain syndrome strikes an estimated 1 in 70 Americans, most of them women.
The disorder is often triggered by head trauma, a neurological infection, or severe emotional stress, and is characterized by symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, memory loss and mood swings.
Fibromyalgia is often mistaken for other culprits and most patients suffer months, even years, of unrelenting pain before being properly diagnosed. And once diagnosed, patients enjoy little respite because few therapies have been found to be effective in lessening its symptoms.
A new study published in PLoS ONE by Tel Aviv University researchers may turn the tide. The research found that women with fibromyalgia were able to drastically reduce, or even eliminate, their use of pain medication following hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
The study concluded that this study provides evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve the symptoms and life quality of Fibromyalgia Syndrome patients. Moreover, it shows that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can induce neuroplasticity and significantly rectify abnormal brain activity in pain related areas of Fibromyalgia Syndrome patients.
Discuss with your Doctor whether you are a candidate for this therapy.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0127012
Spinal Manipulation for Upper Limb Pain
The use of spinal manipulation (SM) for upper limb pain has been advocated based on the concept of regional interdependence. However, its evidence has not been established.
A recent study was published in the journal Manual Therapy, to determine the level of evidence for the effectiveness of SM in patients with upper limb pain as part of the concept of regional interdependence.
Out of 3307 studies, six trials met inclusion criteria for this review. Of these, three studies were included in meta-analysis. Meta-analysis results suggested there were no statistical differences between spinal manipulation and other interventions in the effects on reducing upper limb pain. The overall quality of evidence was very low.
The study concluded that the number of studies regarding the current topic is limited. There is very low quality evidence that spinal manipulation is not better nor inferior than other interventions in the management of upper limb pain.
As always, discuss your pain issues with your Doctor of Chiropractic to see if spinal manipulation is a warranted treatment for your specific condition.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.manualtherapyjournal.com/article/S1356-689X(14)00224-0/abstract
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been Dr. Todd Eglow.