Show Notes for August 28, 2020

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Morning Stiffness and Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • And Finally, a Story about Chronic Spinal Pain and Quality of Diet

For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #722 recorded August 28, 2020

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Morning Stiffness and Lumbar Disc Degeneration

Low back pain (LBP) is very common and is a main cause of limited activity and work absence. Patients with LBP may also report spinal morning stiffness; this symptom could be useful for identifying subgroups with signs and symptoms related to spinal osteoarthritis.

A recent study, published in the journal Physical Therapy, investigated whether an association exists between reported spinal morning stiffness and radiographic evidence of lumbar disk degeneration (LDD) in people with LBP and a history of pain of the hip and/or knee.

The study showed an association between self-reported spinal morning stiffness and symptomatic lumbar disk degeneration.

When morning stiffness lasted > 30 minutes, there was a significant association with the features of lumbar disk degeneration.

The association was stronger when the severity of spinal morning stiffness increased.

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Chronic Spinal Pain and Quality of Diet

Chronic spinal pain is disabling and has high personal and societal costs. Risk factors include behavioral factors; however, little is known about the role of diet quality and its association with spinal pain.

Higher diet quality and consumption of macronutrients that drive higher diet quality were hypothesized to be associated with lower odds of having spinal pain.

A study in the journal Pain Reports looked at this association between Chronic Spinal Pain and Quality of the Diet.

Higher fruit, whole grain, and dairy intake were associated with 20% to 26% lower likelihood (all P for trend <0.028) of chronic spinal pain. Added sugars were associated with 49% increased odds of chronic spinal pain

The study’s conclusion stated that although causality cannot be assumed, this study supports continued investigation into the role of nutritional quality as a factor that may impact pain.

Adults with chronic spinal pain had significantly poorer quality diets. Individuals with the highest diet quality were 24% less likely to report chronic spinal pain.

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, Wishing everyone to stay Safe and Healthy, This has been Dr. Todd Eglow.

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