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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Painful Cervical Facet Joint Injury
- And Finally, a story about Locomotive Syndrome
For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #597 recorded June 30, 2017.
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Painful Cervical Facet Joint Injury
The objective of a recent study, published in the journal Spine, was to investigate the relationship between pain and synapse density in the spinal cord after facet injury.
Immunohistochemistry labeled pre- and postsynaptic structural markers to quantify excitatory and inhibitory synapses in the spinal superficial dorsal horn at 14 days after painful facet joint injury in the rat.
Neck pain is a major contributor to disability and often becomes chronic. The cervical facet joints are susceptible to loading-induced painful injury, initiating spinal central sensitization responses.
Although excitatory synapse plasticity has been reported in the superficial dorsal horn early after painful facet injury, whether excitatory and/or inhibitory synapse density is altered at a time when pain is maintained is unknown.
This study demonstrates a role for structural plasticity in both excitatory and inhibitory synapses in the maintenance of facet-mediated joint pain, and that altered inhibitory, but not excitatory, synapse density correlates to the severity of painful joint injury.
Understanding the functional consequences of this spinal structural plasticity is critical to elucidate mechanisms of chronic joint pain.
Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/2017/06150/Painful_Cervical_Facet_Joint_Injury_Is_Accompanied.4.aspx
A recent article published in the journal Bone and Mineral Metabolism, discussed Locomotive Syndrome.
Locomotive syndrome is a condition of reduced mobility due to impairment of locomotive organs.
Since upright bipedal walking involves minutely controlled movement patterns, impairment of any aspect of the locomotive organs has the potential to adversely affect it. In addition to trauma, chronic diseases of the locomotive organs, which progress with repeated bouts of acute exacerbations, are common causes of the locomotive syndrome.
Exercise intervention is effective in improving motor function, but because the subjects are elderly people with significant degenerative diseases of the locomotor organs, caution should be taken in choosing the type and intensity of exercise.
The present review discusses the definition, current burden, diagnosis and interventions pertaining to the locomotive syndrome.
The concept and measures are spreading throughout Japan as one of the national health policy targets.
Surf to our Show Notes for details – https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/S12018-016-9208-2?wt_mc=Other.Other.2.CON723.Orthopedics2017-Article4
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
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