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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Physical Activity and Happiness
- And Finally, a Story about the Need for Routine LB Imaging
For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #581 recorded February 3, 2017.
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Physical Activity and Happiness
Physical activity, both exercise and non-exercise, has far-reaching benefits to physical health. Although exercise has also been linked to psychological health (e.g., happiness), little research has examined physical activity more broadly, taking into account non-exercise activity as well as exercise.
The authors of a recent study published in the journal PLOS One, examined the relationship between physical activity (measured broadly) and happiness using a smartphone application. This app has collected self-reports of happiness and physical activity from over ten thousand participants, while passively gathering information about physical activity from the accelerometers on users’ phones.
The findings reveal that individuals who are more physically active are happier. Further, individuals are happier in the moments when they are more physically active.
Overall, this research suggests that not only exercise but also non-exercise physical activity is related to happiness. This research further demonstrates how smartphones can be used to collect large-scale data to examine psychological, behavioral, and health-related phenomena as they naturally occur in everyday life.
Remember to discuss all related Exercise Recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Professional.
Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0160589
Need for Routine LB Imaging
A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training asked the question, in patients with low back pain (LBP) who do not have indications of a serious underlying condition, does routine, immediate lumbar imaging result in improved patient outcomes when compared with clinical care without immediate imaging?
This systematic review and meta-analysis included randomized, controlled trials that compared immediate, routine lumbar imaging (or routine provision of imaging findings) with usual clinical care without immediate lumbar imaging (or not routinely providing results of imaging) for LBP without indications of serious underlying conditions.
The study concluded that available evidence indicates that immediate, routine lumbar spine imaging in patients with LBP and without features indicating a serious underlying condition did not improve outcomes compared with usual clinical care without immediate imaging.
Clinical care without immediate imaging seems to result in no increased odds of failure in identifying serious underlying conditions in patients without risk factors for these conditions. In addition to lacking clinical benefit, routine lumbar imaging is associated with radiation exposure (radiography and CT) and increased direct expenses for patients and may lead to unnecessary procedures.
This evidence confirms that clinicians should refrain from routine, immediate lumbar imaging in primary care patients with nonspecific, acute or subacute LBP and no indications of underlying serious conditions. Specific consideration of patient expectations about the value of imaging was not addressed here; however, this aspect must be considered to avoid unnecessary imaging while also meeting patient expectations and increasing patient satisfaction.
As always, COTs HealthBeat recommends discussing specific diagnostic criteria with your Chiropractor.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21214357/?i=2&from=/27707631/related
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
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