Show Notes for May 20, 2016

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 –

  • Lumbar Disc Herniation and Multifidus Muscle Fatigue
  • And Finally, a story about Scoliosis and Small Spinal Curves

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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #550 recorded May 20, 2016.

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Lumbar Disc Herniation and Multifidus Muscle Fatigue

The aim of a study recently published in the European Spine Journal, were to assess lumbar multifidus fatigue (LM) and transversus abdominis activation (TrA) in individuals with lumbar disc herniation associated with low back pain.

Sixty individuals were divided into the lumbar herniation and control groups. Fatigue of the lumbar multifidus was assessed using surface electromyography during the Sorensen effort test, and activation of the transversus abdominis activation with a pressure biofeedback unit.

Pain intensity was determined using a visual analog scale and the McGill pain questionnaire. The Oswestry disability questionnaire and the Borg scale for self-evaluating exertion were used to assess functional disability.

The study concluded that Individuals with lumbar disc herniation associated with low back pain have increased fatigue of the LM and decreased activation of the TrA, when compared to the control group.

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Scoliosis and Small Spinal Curves

The aim of a study published in the journal Spine, was to identify whether there is any hidden burden of disease associated with smaller spinal curves.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is present in 3% to 5% of the general population. Large curves are associated with increased pain and reduced quality of life. However, no information is available on the impact of smaller curves, many of which do not reach secondary care.

The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) recruited over 14,000 pregnant women from the Bristol area of South-West England between 1991 and 1992 and has followed up their offspring regularly. Full data were available for 3184 participants.

The study concluded that results highlight that small scoliotic curves may be less benign than previously thought. Teenagers with small curves may not present to secondary care, but are nonetheless reporting increased pain, more days off school, and avoidance of activities.

These data suggest that practitioners should reconsider current scoliosis screening and treatment practices.

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
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