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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Pre-Manipulative Treatment for Athletes
- And Finally, the Effects of Cervical Extension on the Intervertebral Disc
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #564 recorded September 16, 2016.
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Pre-Manipulative Treatment for Athletes
One of the goals of providing manipulative treatment such as osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is to restore maximal, pain-free movement of the musculoskeletal system and to enhance neuromuscular function. Anecdotally, some athletes have reported that their athletic performance improves after manipulative treatment.
The objective of a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association was to develop preliminary data to gain more understanding about the association between precompetition manipulative treatments provided to Division I football players and their athletic performance during each game for 2 consecutive football seasons.
The study design was a retrospective cohort study. Participants were football athletes at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Board-certified osteopathic physicians who were trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine and sports medicine performed OMT and determined the type of OMT techniques used and the spinal segments treated. One chiropractor provided chiropractic manipulative therapy.
The study concluded that precompetition manipulative treatment was positively associated with improved performance among both offensive and defensive Virginia Tech football players. Although the associations between these 2 factors were relatively small and not statistically significant, the authors of the study found positive correlations in performance of the offensive and defensive players.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2094388
Effects of Cervical Extension on the Intervertebral Disc
The authors of a study published in the journal PM&R theorized that active cervical extension should influence the position of the nucleus pulposus (NP) within the intervertebral disc (IVD) in the sagittal plane.
While several studies on the lumbar intervertebral disc have been conducted, there are no quantitative data for in vivo positional changes of the nucleus pulposus in the cervical intervertebral disc.
The objective of the study was to evaluate the influence and mechanism of cervical extension on the deformation and migration of intervertebral disc and nucleus pulposus in the sagittal plane and understand underlying mechanisms of the extension maneuver.
Results of the study found that anterior and posterior intervertebral disc margins moved posteriorly with respect to the vertebral body in extension. Both NP margins remained unchanged relative to the vertebral body but moved anteriorly with respect to the intervertebral disc.
Intervertebral disc outer and inner heights in the anterior region increased in extension, and morphological changes of the nucleus pulposus were less noticeable when compared with its relative migration within the intervertebral disc. Most of the intradiscal changes were linearly correlated with the segmental extension angle.
The study concluded that cervical extension induces anterior migration of the nucleus pulposus away from the posterior disc margin and may have a clinical effect on discogenic neck pain resulting from internal disc disruption.
Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.pmrjournal.org/article/S1934-1482(16)30905-4/abstract
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