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Upper cervical joint dysfunction

Harry von Piekartz, Ani Pudelko, Mira Danzeisen, Toby Hall, Nikolaus Ballenberger
BACKGROUND: There is preliminary evidence of cervical musculoskeletal impairment in some temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain states. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether people with TMD, classified as either mild or moderate/severe TMD, have more cervical signs of dysfunction than healthy subjects. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHOD: Based on the Conti Amnestic Questionnaire and examination of the temporomandibular joint (Axis I classification of the Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMD), of 144 people examined 59 were classified to a mild TMD group, 40 to a moderate/severe TMD group and 45 to an asymptomatic control group without TMD...
September 23, 2016: Manual Therapy
G Shankar Ganesh, Harshita Singh, Shagoofa Mushtaq, Patitapaban Mohanty, Monalisa Pattnaik
Studies have shown a clinical relationship between trigger points and joint impairments. However the cause-and effect relationship between muscle and joint dysfunctions in trigger points could not be established. The purpose of this study was to investigate effects of mobilization and ischemic compression therapy on cervical range of motion and pressure pain sensitivity in participants with latent trigger point in the upper trapezius muscle. Ninety asymptomatic participants with upper trapezius latent trigger point were randomized in to 3 groups: mobilization, ischemic compression and a control...
July 2016: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Ibrahim M Moustafa, Aliaa A Diab
The aim of this study was to investigate the immediate and long-term effects of a one-year multimodal program, with the addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy, on fibromyalgia management outcomes in addition to three-dimensional (3D) postural measures. This randomized clinical trial with one-year follow-up was completed at the research laboratory of our university. A total of 120 (52 female) patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and definite C1-2 joint dysfunction were randomly assigned to the control or an experimental group...
July 2015: Rheumatology International
Josiah D Sault, Alicia J Emerson Kavchak, Nancy Tow, Carol A Courtney
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) encompass a variety of dysfunction of the maxillofacial region. A strong relationship between TMD and cervical spine pain exists, and widespread hyperalgesia is common in TMD. This case describes the management and reduction in regional hyperalgesia in a patient with chronic TMD. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 23-year-old female with a 10-year history of tinnitus and bilateral (B) jaw pain, and 5-year history of intermittent neck pain, presented with pain, which could reach 10/10 on the numeric pain rating scale, locking, tightness and restricted eating habits...
March 2016: Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Shunji Tomatsu, William G Mackenzie, Mary C Theroux, Robert W Mason, Mihir M Thacker, Thomas H Shaffer, Adriana M Montaño, Daniel Rowan, William Sly, Carlos J Alméciga-Díaz, Luis A Barrera, Yasutsugu Chinen, Eriko Yasuda, Kristen Ruhnke, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Tadao Orii
Patients with mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA (MPS IVA; Morquio A syndrome) have accumulation of the glycosaminoglycans, keratan sulfate, and chondroitin-6-sulfate, in bone and cartilage, causing systemic spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia. Features include lumbar gibbus, pectus carinatum, faring of the rib cage, marked short stature, cervical instability and stenosis, kyphoscoliosis, genu valgum, and laxity of joints. Generally, MPS IVA patients are wheelchair-bound as teenagers and do not survive beyond the second or third decade of life as a result of severe bone dysplasia, causing restrictive lung disease and airway narrowing, increasing potential for pneumonia and apnea; stenosis and instability of the upper cervical region; high risk during anesthesia administration due to narrowed airway as well as thoracoabdominal dysfunction; and surgical complications...
December 2012: Research and Reports in Endocrine Disorders
I M Fiebert, T Spyropoulos, D Peterman, L Dotson
The purpose of this study was to assess the amount of thoracic segmental flexion associated with cervical forward bending. Twenty-four healthy men and women between the ages of 21-29, with no past or present cervical or thoracic dysfunction, participated. Spinal segmental mobility in the thoracic region was measured in the neutral sitting position and sitting with the cervical spine in the forward bent position. Mobility was measured by the Faro Metrecom Skeletal Analysis System. The Faro Metrecom is an external measuring device that records each individual spinal segment's position within the body...
January 1, 1993: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
J L Young, S A Herring, J M Press, B A Casazza
Analysis of shoulder dysfunction in throwing and overhead athletes can no longer be restricted to evaluation of the glenohumeral joint alone. The isolated shoulder is incapable of generating the force necessary to hurl a baseball at velocities of 90-100 miles per hour or serve a tennis ball in excess of 120 miles per hour. The purpose of this paper is to provide a literature based theoretical framework for the role of the spine during these activities. The spine is a pivotal component of the kinematic chain which functions as a transfer link between the lower and upper limbs, a force generator capable of accelerating the arm, and a force attenuator which dampens shear forces at the glenohumeral joint during the deceleration phase of the pitching motion...
January 1, 1996: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Giorgio Lambru, Sarah Miller, Manjit S Matharu
Red Ear Syndrome (RES) is a very rare disorder, with approximately 100 published cases in the medical literature. Red ear (RE) episodes are characterised by unilateral or bilateral attacks of paroxysmal burning sensations and reddening of the external ear. The duration of these episodes ranges from a few seconds to several hours. The attacks occur with a frequency ranging from several a day to a few per year. Episodes can occur spontaneously or be triggered, most frequently by rubbing or touching the ear, heat or cold, chewing, brushing of the hair, neck movements or exertion...
2013: Journal of Headache and Pain
Ann M J Cools, Filip Struyf, Kristof De Mey, Annelies Maenhout, Birgit Castelein, Barbara Cagnie
The scapula functions as a bridge between the shoulder complex and the cervical spine and plays a very important role in providing both mobility and stability of the neck/shoulder region. The association between abnormal scapular positions and motions and glenohumeral joint pathology has been well established in the literature, whereas studies investigating the relationship between neck pain and scapular dysfunction have only recently begun to emerge. Although several authors have emphasised the relevance of restoring normal scapular kinematics through exercise and manual therapy techniques, overall scapular rehabilitation guidelines decent for both patients with shoulder pain as well as patients with neck problems are lacking...
April 2014: British Journal of Sports Medicine
Harry von Piekartz, Toby Hall
There is evidence that temporomandibular disorder (TMD) may be a contributing factor to cervicogenic headache (CGH), in part because of the influence of dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint on the cervical spine. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to determine whether orofacial treatment in addition to cervical manual therapy, was more effective than cervical manual therapy alone on measures of cervical movement impairment in patients with features of CGH and signs of TMD. In this study, 43 patients (27 women) with headache for more than 3-months and with some features of CGH and signs of TMD were randomly assigned to receive either cervical manual therapy (usual care) or orofacial manual therapy to address TMD in addition to usual care...
August 2013: Manual Therapy
Deidra Nichols, Cindy Seiger
Thoracic outlet syndrome may result from a posterior sternoclavicular (SC) joint subluxation, or an anterior SC joint subluxation after surgical fixation. This case report presents the physical therapy management of a patient with bilateral thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) secondary to bilateral idiopathic anterior SC joint subluxation. A 16-year-old female presented with a 2-year history of numbness, tingling, and coldness in bilateral upper extremities, and intermittent headaches with occasional vision loss...
October 2013: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Dean H Watson, Peter D Drummond
OBJECTIVE: To investigate if and to what extent typical head pain can be reproduced in tension-type headache (TTH), migraine without aura sufferers, and controls when sustained pressure was applied to the lateral posterior arch of C1 and the articular pillar of C2, stressing the atlantooccipital and C2-3 segments respectively. BACKGROUND: Occipital and neck symptoms often accompany primary headache, suggesting involvement of cervical afferents in central pain processing mechanisms in these disorders...
September 2012: Headache
Maxim A Bakhtadze, Howard Vernon, Anatoliy V Karalkin, Sergey P Pasha, Igor O Tomashevskiy, David Soave
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between cerebral perfusion levels, Neck Disability Index (NDI) scores, and spinal joint fixations in patients with neck pain. METHODS: Forty-five adult patients (29 were female) with chronic neck/upper thoracic pain during exacerbation were studied. The subjects were grouped according to NDI scores: mild, moderate, and severe. The number of painful/blocked segments in the cervical and upper thoracic spine and costovertebral joints, pain intensity using the visual analog scale, and regional cerebral blood flow of the brain using single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were obtained...
February 2012: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Jau-Ching Wu, Praveen V Mummaneni, Ivan H El-Sayed
Surgical approaches to the craniovertebral junction (CVJ) can result in dysfunction of the upper aerodigestive tract. However, few data are available regarding the incidence of complications after such surgery. Evaluation of a CVJ lesion for treatment must establish the biology, transverse and longitudinal extent of the lesion, and the preoperative and postoperative stability of the spine. Endoscopic approaches to the CVJ, which should reduce the expected morbidity of an open transoral approach, have been described recently...
October 2011: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Julia Treleaven, Cybèle Clamaron-Cheers, Gwendolen Jull
Impairments in sensorimotor control have been demonstrated in neck pain disorders. However, there are more anatomical and neurophysiological connections between the sensorimotor control system and the upper cervical region and thus potential for greater disturbances in those with upper region pain. This study investigated whether sensorimotor impairment was greater in those suffering pain from the upper rather than lower cervical spine region, taking the onset of pain into account. Sixty-four subjects with persistent neck pain were divided into 4 groups -upper and lower region non-traumatic and upper and lower region traumatic...
December 2011: Manual Therapy
Sevgi Sener, Faruk Akgunlu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between different clinical findings and condyle position. METHODS: Tenderness on masseter (MM), temporal (TM), lateral pyterigoid (LPM), medial pyterigoid (MPM) and posterior cervical (PSM) muscles, limitation, deviation and deflection in opening of mouth, clicking, crepitating, tenderness on lateral palpation of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) area for each side of 85 patients were evaluated. Each side of patients was categorized into the clinical findings: no sign and/or symptom of temporomandibular dysfunctions (TMDs), only extraarticular findings and only intraarticular findings, extra and intraarticular findings...
July 2011: European Journal of Dentistry
Terry L Grindstaff, James R Beazell, Ethan N Saliba, Christopher D Ingersoll
Rib injuries are common in collegiate rowing. The purpose of this case report is to provide insight into examination, evaluation, and treatment of persistent costochondritis in an elite athlete as well as propose an explanation for chronic dysfunction. The case involved a 21 year old female collegiate rower with multiple episodes of costochondritis over a 1-year period of time. Symptoms were localized to the left third costosternal junction and bilaterally at the fourth costosternal junction with moderate swelling...
June 2010: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
Peter C Emary
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this case report is to describe the chiropractic management of a patient with Ménière disease. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 40-year-old woman presented with a diagnosis of Ménière disease including a 2-month history of vertigo and a 16-month history of left-sided tinnitus, low-frequency hearing loss, and aural fullness. The patient's other symptoms included left-sided neck pain, temporomandibular joint pain, and headaches. Examination revealed left-sided upper cervical joint dysfunction along with myofascial trigger points in the middle and upper trapezius muscle...
March 2010: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
Heidi Haavik, Bernadette Murphy
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to investigate whether elbow joint position sense (JPS) accuracy differs between participants with a history of subclinical neck pain (SCNP) and those with no neck complaints and to determine whether adjusting dysfunctional cervical segments in the SCNP group improves their JPS accuracy. METHOD: Twenty-five SCNP participants and 18 control participants took part in this pre-post experimental study. Elbow JPS was measured using an electrogoniometer (MLTS700, ADInstruments, New Zealand)...
February 2011: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Werner Schupp, Julia Haubrich, Iris Neumann
The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex joint systems in the human body. Craniomandibular disorders (CMD) are a common condition in which symptoms and signs may vary within a single individual and from one person to another. As anatomic and functional aspects of the craniomandibular system (CMS) and the upper cervical spine are closely interconnected, CMD need a close interdisciplinary approach combining orthopedics, manual medicine, orthodontics and dentistry. Splints as a therapeutic treatment instrument in CMD patients are widely accepted...
September 2010: International Orthodontics
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