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Cervical spine dysfunction

M Hölzl, R Behrmann, E Biesinger, W von Heymann, R Hülse, C Arens
This paper discusses otorhinolaryngological symptoms associated with functional disorders of the upper cervical spine. Hints aimed to avoid misdiagnoses of cross-organ otorhinolaryngological symptoms as phobic or psychogenic disorders are presented. Clinically relevant neuroanatomical convergence of the upper cervical spine (occiput to C3) is fundamental for the interpretation of functional otorhinolaryngological symptoms. Based thereon, evidence for the most common cervical differential diagnoses of dizziness, tinnitus, dysphagia, and craniomandibular dysfunction is presented separately...
February 21, 2018: HNO
Peter C Rowe, Colleen L Marden, Scott Heinlein, Charles C Edwards
BACKGROUND: Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a potentially disabling disorder. Little is known about the contributors to severe forms of the illness. We describe three consecutive patients with severe ME/CFS whose symptoms improved after recognition and surgical management of their cervical spinal stenosis. METHODS: All patients satisfied clinical criteria for ME/CFS and orthostatic intolerance, and were later found to have cervical spinal stenosis...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Xinjie Wu, Mingsheng Tan, Yingna Qi, Ping Yi, Feng Yang, Xiangsheng Tang, Qingying Hao
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the upper cervical spine were rarely reported in the literature. However, metastases to this area may cause spinal instability and cord compression, which in turn can result in respiratory failure and neurological dysfunction. The present study investigated the efficacy and safety of posterior decompression and occipitocervical fixation followed by intraoperative vertebroplasty for this disease. METHODS: This was a retrospective study that included 10 patients with metastatic involvement of the axis from March 2002 to May 2014...
January 11, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Axel Schäfer, Kerstin Lüdtke, Franziska Breuel, Nikolas Gerloff, Maren Knust, Christian Kollitsch, Alex Laukart, Laura Matej, Antje Müller, Thomas Schöttker-Königer, Toby Hall
Headache is a common and costly health problem. Although pathogenesis of headache is heterogeneous, one reported contributing factor is dysfunction of the upper cervical spine. The flexion rotation test (FRT) is a commonly used diagnostic test to detect upper cervical movement impairment. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate concurrent validity of detecting high cervical ROM impairment during the FRT by comparing measurements established by an ultrasound-based system (gold standard) with eyeball estimation...
January 8, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Ioannis Kastanioudakis, Panagiotis Saravakos, Andreas Zigouris, Vasileios Ragos, Oliver Reichel, Nafsika Ziavra
OBJECTIVE: Cervical spondylosis and cervical disk herniation are the most frequent forms of degenerative disease in the cervical spine. Surgical treatment mainly includes anterior cervical disk fusion. However, information concerning vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) recording in patients undergoing cervical spine surgery is limited. The present prospective study aimed to investigate the effect of anterior disk fusion surgery on cervical VEMP (cVEMP) parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-five patients were enrolled in this study, and 20 patients (10 men and 10 women) completed cVEMP testing...
December 14, 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
Jennifer C Reneker, Vinay K Cheruvu, Jingzhen Yang, Mark A James, Chad E Cook
BACKGROUND: Dizziness is commonly reported after concussion. With the forces experienced at the time of the injury, several anatomical locations may have been altered, causing dizziness. OBJECTIVE: Describe an objective examination and the types of impairment/dysfunction implicated by the results of clinical examination tests in subjects with dizziness after a concussion. DESIGN: Cross-Sectional. METHODS: Athletes between ages 10-23 were enrolled with a diagnosis of concussion...
November 26, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
Yasuhiro Takeshima, Hideki Shigematsu, Kengo Konishi, Ichiro Nakagawa, Yasushi Motoyama, Hiroyuki Nakase
Background: Although recent development of screw instrumentation techniques for rigid fixation of the atlantoaxial joint has increased surgical options, patients in whom screws of any type cannot be safely placed are sometimes encountered. We present a unique surgical technique for C1-2 transarticular screw placement utilizing a novel trajectory. Methods: A 35-year-old male with a history of Down's syndrome and cognitive dysfunction with hyperkinesis spontaneously developed rapid onset of tetraparesis and gait disturbance...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
Behnoosh Vasaghi-Gharamaleki, Zahra Naser
Introduction: Cervical spine abnormalities can affect the ear vessels and or nerves with different mechanisms. Ear dysfunctions following cervical spine injuries can be manifested as hearing loss, vertigo, or tinnitus. Usually, cervical spine injuries can cause pain and Range of Motion (ROM) limitation. The major objective of this study was to determine which cervical ROM limitation was accompanied with higher level of hearing loss. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 42 volunteers (20 women and 22 men) with cervical spine injury and pain participated after giving their informed consent...
September 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
Lindsay A Tetreault, Spyridon Karadimas, Jefferson R Wilson, Paul M Arnold, Shekar Kurpad, Joseph R Dettori, Michael G Fehlings
Study Method: Systematic review (update). Objective: Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is a degenerative spine disease and the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in adults worldwide. The objective of this study is to determine the natural history of DCM by updating the systematic review by Karadimas et al. The specific aims of this review were (1) to describe the natural history of DCM and (2) to determine potential risk factors of disease progression...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
Michael G Fehlings, Lindsay A Tetreault, K Daniel Riew, James W Middleton, Jeffrey C Wang
Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is a progressive spine disease and the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in adults worldwide. Patients with DCM may present with common signs and symptoms of neurological dysfunction, such as paresthesia, abnormal gait, decreased hand dexterity, hyperreflexia, increased tone, and sensory dysfunction. Clinicians across several specialties encounter patients with DCM, including primary care physicians, rehabilitation specialists, therapists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and spinal surgeons...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
Paolo Bizzarri, Luca Buzzatti, Erik Cattrysse, Aldo Scafoglieri
BACKGROUND: Manual treatments targeting different regions (shoulder, cervical spine, thoracic spine, ribs) have been studied to deal with patients complaining of shoulder pain. Thoracic manual treatments seem able to produce beneficial effects on this group of patients. However, it is not clear whether the patient improvement is a consequence of thoracic manual therapy or a placebo effect. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy of thoracic manual therapy and placebo thoracic manual treatment for patients with shoulder dysfunction...
February 2018: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
Kelly L Wentworth, Katherine Bigay, Tea V Chan, Jennifer P Ho, Blanca M Morales, Joseph Connor, Erin Brooks, M Shahriar Salamat, Henry Charles Sanchez, Geoffrey Wool, Robert J Pignolo, Frederick S Kaplan, Edward C Hsiao
OBJECTIVE: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is an ultra-rare genetic disorder in which heterotopic bone forms in the soft tissues. This often occurs in response to injury or inflammation, leading to joint immobilization and significant disability. There are currently no definitive treatment options for this devastating disease. Although the most dramatic phenotype in FOP is the episodic and progressive heterotopic ossification, patients report a number of symptoms that affect other organ systems...
October 13, 2017: Bone
Kerstin Luedtke, Arne May
BACKGROUND: Migraine patients usually report a high prevalence of neck pain preceding or during the migraine attack. A recent investigation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions in migraine patients concluded that neck pain is not simply a symptom of the migraine attack but corresponds to identifiable muscle and joint alterations. Particularly pain provocation using palpation of the joints in the upper cervical spine was significantly more prevalent in patients with migraine than in headache-free participants...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
Neil Craton, Haitham Ali, Stephane Lenoski
Our understanding of the diverse physiological manifestations of concussion is changing rapidly. This has an influence on the clinical assessment of patients who have sustained a concussion. The 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport states that numerous post-injury clinical findings, such as cognitive deficits, post-traumatic headaches, dizziness, difficulties with oculomotor function, and depression have all been associated with a poorer prognosis in concussed patients. This demonstrates that there are several potential clinical manifestations after head injury warranting clinical evaluation...
September 16, 2017: Brain Sciences
Julie Ellwood, Michael Ford, Alf Nicholson
Unsettled infant behaviour is a common problem of infancy without known aetiology or clearly effective management. Some manual therapists propose that musculoskeletal dysfunction contributes to unsettled infant behaviour, yet reported improvement following treatment is anecdotal. The infantile postural asymmetry measurement scale is a tool which measures infantile asymmetry, a form of musculoskeletal dysfunction. The first part of the study aimed to investigate its reliability and validity for measuring infantile postural asymmetry...
December 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
Michael J Lang, Elias Atallah, Stavropoula Tjoumakaris, Robert H Rosenwasser, Pascal Jabbour
BACKGROUND: The craniocervical junction is a rare location for spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (dAVFs). Typically, fistulas at this location present with findings related to intracranial cortical venous reflux or cervical myelopathy. We present a case of craniocervical junction dAVF with isolated clinical and radiographic findings of thoracolumbar myelopathy. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 54-year-old man presented with subacute onset of lower extremity weakness, paresthesias, and gait dysfunction...
December 2017: World Neurosurgery
Vanessa González Rueda, Carlos López de Celis, Martín Eusebio Barra López, Andoni Carrasco Uribarren, Sara Castillo Tomás, Cesar Hidalgo García
BACKGROUND: Mechanical neck pain is a highly prevalent problem in primary healthcare settings. Many of these patients have restricted mobility of the cervical spine. Several manual techniques have been recommended for restoring cervical mobility, but their effectiveness in these patients is unknown. The aim of the present study is to compare the effectiveness of two types of specific techniques of the upper neck region: the pressure maintained suboccipital inhibition technique (PMSIT) and the translatory dorsal glide mobilization (TDGM) C0-C1 technique, as adjuncts to a protocolized physiotherapy treatment of the neck region in subjects with chronic mechanical neck pain and rotation deficit in the upper cervical spine...
September 5, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Michael George Zaki Ghali
The cervical spine is the most common site of traumatic vertebral column injuries. Respiratory insufficiency constitutes a significant proportion of the morbidity burden and is the most common cause of mortality in these patients. In seeking to enhance our capacity to treat specifically the respiratory dysfunction following spinal cord injury, investigators have studied the "crossed phrenic phenomenon", wherein contraction of a hemidiaphragm paralyzed by a complete hemisection of the ipsilateral cervical spinal cord above the phrenic nucleus can be induced by respiratory stressors and recovers spontaneously over time...
June 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
Tiina Ihalainen, Irina Rinta-Kiikka, Teemu M Luoto, Tuomo Thesleff, Mika Helminen, Anna-Maija Korpijaakko-Huuhka, Antti Ronkainen
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Laryngeal penetration-aspiration, the entry of material into the airways, is considered the most severe subtype of dysphagia and is common among patients with acute cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate risk factors for penetration-aspiration in patients with acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury (TCSCI). STUDY DESIGN: This is a prospective cohort study. PATIENT SAMPLE: Thirty-seven patients with TCSCI were included in the study...
January 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Kerstin Luedtke, Wiebke Starke, Arne May
Objective The aim of this project was to evaluate the prevalence and pattern of musculoskeletal dysfunctions in migraine patients using a rigorous methodological approach and validating an international consensus cluster of headache assessment tests. Methods A physiotherapist, blinded towards the diagnosis, examined 138 migraine patients (frequent episodic and chronic), recruited at a specialised headache clinic, and 73 age and gender matched healthy controls following a standardised protocol. Eleven tests, previously identified in an international consensus procedure, were used to evaluate cervical and thoracic musculoskeletal dysfunctions...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
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