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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Non Specific Neck Pain and Importance of Psychological Factors
- And Finally, a Story about LBP and Cross friction algometry
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #552 recorded June 10, 2016.
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Non Specific Neck Pain and Importance of psychological factors
The influence of psychological factors on acute neck pain is sparsely studied. In a secondary analysis of prospectively collected data, this study, published in the journal Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, investigated how several psychological factors develop in the first three months of acute neck pain and how these factors influence self-perceived recovery.
Patients were recruited in various chiropractic practices throughout Switzerland between 2010 and 2014.
The study concluded that all psychological parameters showed significant reduction within the first month. The parameter ‘anxiety’ was associated with outcome at 1 and 3 months.
Baseline depression, but not baseline anxiety, was a predictor for poor outcome. A high reduction in anxiety within the first month was a significant predictor for favorable outcome after 1 month.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links –http://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12998-016-0090-2
LBP and Cross friction algometry
Palpation is widely used to assess muscular sensitivity in clinical settings but still remains a subjective evaluation.
A cross-sectional study, published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, assessed a newly developed cross-friction algometry making palpation measurable.
The objective was to investigate the reliability of pressure pain thresholds obtained using Cross-Friction Algometry (CFA-PPTs) measured at the level of Erector spinae and Gluteus maximus central muscle parts, and to compare the CFA-PPTs between patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain (nCLBP) and matching healthy subjects.
30 patients with nonspecific low back pain were measured for cross-friction algometry. Other evaluations consisted of the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI).
The study concluded that With the aid of Cross-Friction Algometry, the importance of local muscular disorder in the lumbar part of the Erector spinae and Gluteus maximus in patients with nonspecific low back pain is obviously demonstrated, but also reveals the very large inter-individual differences in muscular fibrosis sensitivity and/or pain behavior in daily life.
This possibly re-opens the debate on which influences can be put forward as the most important: the central or the peripheral sensitization system.
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