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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- SMT and Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy
- And Finally, a Story about Midlife systemic inflammatory markers and late-life brain volume
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #617 recorded December 29, 2017.
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SMT Post-Epidural Injection for Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy
A study was recently published to describe the safety and potential therapeutic benefit of spinal manipulation postepidural injection in the nonsurgical treatment of patients with cervical and lumbar radiculopathy.
This study, published in JMPT, was designed retrospective review of outcomes of 20 cervical and 60 lumbar radiculopathy patients who underwent spinal manipulation postepidural injection in a hospital setting.
Patients received either fluoroscopically guided or computed tomography (CT)–guided epidural injection of a combination of lidocaine and Depo-Medrol.
The manual therapy consisted of an immediate postepidural application of flexion distraction mobilization and then high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation to the affected spinal regions.
The study concluded that these data suggest that spinal manipulation postepidural injection is a safe nonsurgical procedure to use in the treatment of the patient with radiculopathy of spinal origin.
This is also the first report of the use of spinal manipulation postepidural injection in the cervical spine.
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Midlife systemic inflammatory markers and late-life brain volume
A study in the journal Neurology was published to clarify the temporal relationship between systemic inflammation and neurodegeneration.
The authors of the study examined whether a higher level of circulating inflammatory markers during midlife was associated with smaller brain volumes in late life using a large biracial prospective cohort study.
Results of the study found that the association between midlife inflammation and late-life brain volume was modified by age and race, whereby younger participants and white participants with higher levels of systemic inflammation during midlife were more likely to show reduced brain volumes subsequently.
The study concluded that the study’s prospective findings provide evidence for what may be an early contributory role of systemic inflammation in neurodegeneration and cognitive aging.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29093073
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