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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Patient Perceptions of Chiropractic Care
- And Finally, a Story about Tinnitus and Diagnostic Value of Clinical Cervical Spine Tests
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #544 recorded March 25, 2016.
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Patient Perceptions of Chiropractic Care
The purpose of a study published in the journal JMPT, was to compare characteristics, likelihood to use, and actual use of chiropractic care for US survey respondents with positive and negative perceptions of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) and chiropractic care.
From a 2015 nationally representative survey of 5422 adults (response rate, 29%), the authors of the study used respondents’ answers to identify those with positive and negative perceptions of DCs or chiropractic care.
The authors used the χ2test to compare other survey responses for these groups.
The conclusion of the study found that US adults generally perceive DCs in a positive manner but that a relatively high proportion has negative perceptions of chiropractic care, particularly the costs and number of visits required by such care.
Characteristics of respondents with positive and negative perceptions were similar, but those with positive perceptions were more likely to plan to use—and to have already received—chiropractic care.
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Tinnitus and Diagnostic Value of Clinical Cervical Spine Tests
Tinnitus can be related to many different etiologies, such as hearing loss or a noise trauma, but it also can be related to the somatosensory system of the cervical spine.
The diagnosis of cervicogenic somatic tinnitus (CST) is made when the predominant feature is the temporal coincidence of appearance or increase of both neck pain and tinnitus.
The aim of this current study, published in Research Report was to assess the diagnostic value of clinical cervical spine tests in people with CST.
Consecutive adult patients with chronic subjective nonpulsatile tinnitus were included.
The examination included completion of the Neck Bournemouth Questionnaire (NBQ) and the following clinical cervical spine tests: Manual rotation test, adapted Spurling test (AST), trigger point tests and tests for strength and endurance of the deep neck flexors.
The study concluded that Clinical cervical spine tests can support the diagnostic process for CST. A Neck Bournemouth Questionnaire (NBQ) score of <14 points and the absence of trigger points can help to exclude CST.
In contrast, a positive manual rotation test and adapted Spurling test (AS) can help to include CST. In future studies, these tests should be included in a multidisciplinary assessment of patients with suspected CST.
Limitations of the study stated that a limited number of clinical cervical spine tests were used in this study. Although tests with good validity and reliability were included, additional tests could provide more information on cervical spine dysfunction in patients with CST.
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