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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633460/guidelines-for-composing-and-assessing-a-paper-on-treatment-of-pain
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Nikolai Bogduk, David J Kennedy, Yakov Vorobeychik, Andrew Engel
Authors, readers, and editors share a common focus. Authors want to publish their work. Readers want to see high-quality, new information. Referees and editors serve to ensure that authors provide valid conclusions based on the quality of information that readers want. Common to each of these roles are instructions to authors. However, these are typically written in an uninspiring, legalistic style, as if they are a set of rules that authors must obey if they expect to get published. This renders the instructions boring and oppressive, if not forbidding...
June 17, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633066/an-emg-assisted-modeling-approach-to-assess-passive-lumbar-tissue-loading-in-vivo-during-trunk-bending
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Xiaopeng Ning
Lower back pain (LBP) is a condition with high prevalence and high cost both in the United States and around the world. The magnitude of mechanical loading on spine is strongly associated with the occurrence of LBP. Previously, to assess spinal loading, biologically assisted biomechanical models were developed to estimate trunk muscle contraction forces. Loadings on lumbar passive tissues are estimated using anatomical models. However, despite the substantial individual variability in lumbar ligament geometry and viscoelastic properties, the existing anatomical models do not account for these differences...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632644/do-former-smokers-exhibit-a-distinct-profile-before-and-after-lumbar-spine-surgery
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Ehsan Jazini, Steven D Glassman, Erica F Bisson, Eric A Potts, Leah Y Carreon
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal cohort OBJECTIVES.: To determine if former smokers undergoing lumbar spine surgery have distinct baseline and post-operative Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) compared to never smokers and current smokers SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Smoking has known deleterious effects on patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery. However, former smokers have not been extensively evaluated. There are few studies regarding the relationship between pack-years or duration of smoking cessation, and subsequent clinical outcome...
June 19, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632560/preoperative-depression-smoking-and-employment-status-are-significant-factors-in-patient-satisfaction-after-lumbar-spine-surgery
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Laura Chapin, Kelly Ward, Timothy Ryken
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether comorbidities and demographics, identified preoperatively, can impact patient outcomes and satisfaction after lumbar spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The surgical treatment of lower back pain does not always eliminate a patient's pain and symptoms. Revision surgeries are costly and expose the patient to additional risk. We aim to identify patient characteristics that may suggest a greater or lesser likelihood of postsurgical success by examining patient-reported measures and outcomes after surgery...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632553/lumbar-retrolisthesis-in-aging-spine-what-are-the-associated-factors
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Feng Zhu, Hongda Bao, Zhen Liu, Zezhang Zhu, Shouyu He, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to demonstrate that lumbar retrolisthesis serves as an important compensatory mechanism and to identify the possible factor related to lumbar retrolisthesis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Lumbar instability is one of the common degenerative changes, which presents as 2 radiologic features: anterolisthesis and retrolisthesis. Compared with the extensive studies on anterolisthesis, limit data are available on the characteristics and clinical relevance of lumbar retrolisthesis...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632548/are-modic-changes-able-to-help-us-in-our-clinical-practice-a-study-of-the-modic-changes-in-young-adults-during-working-age
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José V Martínez-Quiñones, José Aso-Escario, Laura González-García, Fabián Consolini, Ricardo Arregui-Calvo
STUDY DESIGN: Modic changes [vertebral endplate spinal changes (VESC)] have been related to degenerative disk disease, and in past decades it was thought that their presence justified the surgical treatment, in particular spinal fusion. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to investigate its prevalence and features in a population of young workers suffering from low back pain, and explore the eventual relationship with the treatment applied in each case. BACKGROUND DATA: We conducted a retrospectively review of 450 magnetic resonance images from our hospital, in patients with low back pain or sciatica and age below 40...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632545/computer-assisted-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-may-be-better-than-open-surgery-for-treating-degenerative-lumbar-disease
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Wei Tian, Yun-Feng Xu, Bo Liu, Ya-Jun Liu, Da He, Qiang Yuan, Zhao Lang, Xiao-Guang Han
STUDY DESIGN: This study was a retrospective review of prospectively collected clinical data. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and radiologic outcomes of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (CAMISS-TLIF) and open TLIF for the treatment of 1-level degenerative lumbar disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Minimally invasive TLIF is becoming increasingly popular; however, the limited space and high rate of hardware complications associated with this method are challenging to surgeons...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632013/task-demands-in-osces-influence-learning-strategies
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Alexandre Lafleur, Jonathan Laflamme, Jimmie Leppink, Luc Côté
THEORY: Models on pre-assessment learning effects confirmed that task demands stand out among the factors assessors can modify in an assessment to influence learning. However, little is known about which tasks in objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) improve students' cognitive and metacognitive processes. Research is needed to support OSCE designs that benefit students' metacognitive strategies when they are studying, reinforcing a hypothesis-driven approach. With that intent, hypothesis-driven physical examination (HDPE) assessments ask students to elicit and interpret findings of the physical exam to reach a diagnosis ("Examine this patient with a painful shoulder to reach a diagnosis")...
March 2, 2017: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630847/hyperplasia-of-lamina-and-spinous-process-of-c5-vertebrae-and-associated-hemivertebra-at-c4-level
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Raja Rameez Farooqi, Mufti Mehmood, Hilal A Kotwal
INTRODUCTION: Congenital variants of the cervical spine may mimic traumatic lesions and may cause recurrent episodes of pain. The spectrum of cervical variants includes persistent apophyses of the transverse processes, persistent epiphyses, vertebral platyspondylia, vertebral hypoplasia, and dysplasia of the vertebral arch. Furthermore, abnormalities of the spinous process have been described including doubled spinous processes and hypertrophies. Unilateral hyperplasia of a spinous process is a rare finding that has only been described rarely as case reports...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630845/multi-foci-salmonella-enteritis-osteomyelitis-of-thoracic-spine-with-pleural-effusion-and-fatal-outcome-a-unique-case-presentation-and-review-of-the-literature
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Ioannis Papaioannou, Andreas Baikousis, Panagiotis Korovessis
INTRODUCTION: A case of thoracic vertebral osteomyelitis due to Salmonella enteritis (SE) in an immunocompetent patient is reported. This is the third case in the literature of SE thoracic vertebral osteomyelitis, but the first one with this multi-foci presentation and finally fatal outcome due to meningoencephalitis. Further data that makes our case unique are the absence of fever (body temperature: 37.4°C) and gastrointestinal disorders. CASE REPORT: A 57-year-old male patient initially presented with thoracic pain, dyspnea, and knee pain...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629805/association-of-hip-radiograph-findings-with-pain-and-function-in-patients-presenting-with-low-back-pain
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Heidi Prather, Abby Cheng, Karen Steger May, Vaibhav Maheshwari, Linda VanDillen
BACKGROUND: Relationships between low back pain (LBP) and the hip in patient cohorts have been described primarily in patients with moderate to severe hip osteoarthritis (OA). Less is known about the links of LBP with hip radiographic findings of hip deformity and minimal OA. OBJECTIVE: The objectives were to 1) describe the incidence of radiographic hip deformity or hip OA, 2) describe and compare spine and hip related pain and function in the subset of patients who were found to have radiographic hip deformity or hip OA, and (3) compare patients with evidence of radiographic hip deformity or hip OA to patients without hip radiographic findings...
June 16, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627924/clusters-of-financially-incentivized-chronic-pain-patients-using-the-minnesota-multiphasic-personality-inventory-2-restructured-form-mmpi-2-rf
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Luis E Aguerrevere, Matthew R Calamia, Kevin W Greve, Kevin J Bianchini, Kelly L Curtis, Veronica Ramirez
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) has been shown to have clinical utility in the assessment of individuals with chronic pain (e.g., predicting surgical outcomes). The purpose of this study was to explore the ability of the MMPI-2-RF Validity Scales in profiling patients with chronic pain who had external financial incentive (e.g., workers' compensation claims) and determine the associations between Validity Scale response patterns and important outcomes. Cluster analysis identified 2 similarly sized clusters of patients with very different MMPI-2-RF profiles...
June 19, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624722/age-related-differences-in-the-response-of-the-l5-s1-intervertebral-disc-to-spinal-traction
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Ulrike H Mitchell, Paul F Beattie, Jennifer Bowden, Robert Larson, Hanuan Wang
BACKGROUND: Lumbar traction is a common treatment for low back pain; however its mechanisms of action are poorly understood. It has been hypothesized that a key effect of lumbar traction is its capacity to influence fluid movement within the intervertebral disc (IVD). OBJECTIVES: To determine differences in the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) obtained with lumbar diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of the L5-S1 IVD before, and during, the application of lumbar traction...
June 9, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623897/altered-somatosensory-profile-according-to-quantitative-sensory-testing-in-patients-with-degenerative-lumbar-spine-disorders-scheduled-for-surgery
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Yvonne Lindbäck, Hans Tropp, Paul Enthoven, Björn Gerdle, Allan Abbott, Birgitta Öberg
BACKGROUND: Somatosensory profiling in affected and non-affected body regions can strengthen our insight regarding the underlying pain mechanisms, which can be valuable in treatment decision making and to improve outcomes, in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disorders pre-surgery. The aim was to describe somatosensory profiles in patients with degenerative lumbar spine disorders, to identify the proportion with altered somatosensory profile, and to analyze demographic characteristics, self-reported function, pain, and health pre- and 3 months post-surgery...
June 17, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623513/the-spine-instability-neoplastic-score-sins-in-the-assessment-of-response-to-radiotherapy-for-bone-metastases
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E Gallizia, G Apicella, T Cena, M Di Genesio Pagliuca, L Deantonio, M Krengli
BACKGROUND: Vertebral metastases are often causing pain and spine instability. Radiotherapy is of significant benefit for painful spine metastases but the response can be very variable. The spine instability neoplastic score (SINS) is a recent classification system for diagnosis of spinal instability caused by vertebral metastases. We analysed the degree of pain relief, the need of drug therapy and the imaging features and the SINS before and after radiotherapy. In particular, we investigated the possible correlation of spine instability defined by pre-treatment SINS with pretreatment pain and with response to radiotherapy...
June 16, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622901/tridimensional-analysis-of-rotatory-subluxation-and-sagittal-spinopelvic-alignment-in-the-setting-of-adult-spinal-deformity
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Emmanuelle Ferrero, Renaud Lafage, Bassel G Diebo, Vincent Challier, Brice Illharreborde, Frank Schwab, Wafa Skalli, Pierre Guigui, Virginie Lafage
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective single-center. OBJECTIVE: To investigate rotatory subluxation (RS) in adult spinal deformity (ASD) with three-dimensional (3D) stereoradiographic images and analyze relationships between RS, transverse plane parameters, spinopelvic parameters, and clinical outcomes. BACKGROUND: Recent research has demonstrated that sagittal plane malalignment and listhesis correlate with ASD patient-reported outcomes. However, there is still a lack of knowledge regarding the clinical impact of 3D evaluation and rotatory subluxation...
July 2017: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619300/clinical-effect-of-traditional-chinese-spinal-orthopedic-manipulation-in-treatment-of-functional-abdominal-pain-syndrome
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Liyang Xing, Liuxin Qu, Hong Chen, Song Gao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical effect of Traditional Chinese Spinal Orthopedic Manipulation (TCSOM) in treating Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome (FAPS) in comparison with Pinaverium Bromide (Dicetel, PBD), and to assess a possible cause for FAPS. METHODS: 60 cases of FAPS patients were randomly assigned to the TCSOM group and PBD group according to the random number table method. The TCSOM group was treated with thumb pressing manipulation, every other day in the first week, and once every three days in the second week, for 5 times treatments...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618739/an-investigation-of-sagittal-thoracic-spinal-curvature-and-mobility-in-subjects-with-and-without-chronic-neck-pain-cut-off-points-and-pain-relationship
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Derya Özer Kaya, Şeyda Toprak Çelenay
BACKGROUND/AIM: Thoracic spine insufficiency is a subject of interest in neck problems. The aim was to investigate thoracic spinal curvature and mobility in subjects with and without chronic neck pain (CNP), cut-off points, and the relationship with pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-six patients with CNP (CNP group) and 53 healthy volunteers (control group) were included. Neck pain intensity of the patients was assessed by visual analogue scale and sagittal thoracic curvature and mobility of all participants were assessed by Spinal Mouse (Idiag, Fehraltorf, Switzerland)...
June 12, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618292/influence-of-transcutaneous-spinal-stimulation-on-human-ltp-like-pain-amplification-a-randomized-double-blind-study-in-volunteers
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L M Schweizer, P K Zahn, E M Pogatzki-Zahn, W Magerl, M Tegenthoff, C H Meyer-Frießem
OBJECTIVE: Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) has been proven to affect nociceptive signal processing. We designed a randomized, double-blind, cross-over study to investigate whether tsDCS applied before or after inducing long-term potentiation-(LTP)-like hyperalgesia may decrease nociceptive sensitivity. METHODS: In healthy volunteers, tsDCS (2.5mA, 15min) was applied to the thoracic spine prior (n=14) or immediately following (n=12) electrical high-frequency stimulation (HFS) to the thigh, inducing hyperalgesia...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616747/criteria-for-failure-and-worsening-after-surgery-for-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-multicenter-observational-study-based-on-data-from-the-norwegian-registry-for-spine-surgery
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David A T Werner, Margreth Grotle, Sasha Gulati, Ivar M Austevoll, Greger Lønne, Øystein P Nygaard, Tore K Solberg
PURPOSE: In clinical decision-making, it is crucial to discuss the probability of adverse outcomes with the patient. A large proportion of the outcomes are difficult to classify as either failure or success. Consequently, cutoff values in patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for "failure" and "worsening" are likely to be different from those of "non-success". The aim of this study was to identify dichotomous cutoffs for failure and worsening, 12 months after surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation, in a large registry cohort...
June 14, 2017: European Spine Journal
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