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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055216/thoracic-manual-therapy-is-not-more-effective-than-placebo-thoracic-manual-therapy-in-patients-with-shoulder-dysfunctions-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
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...
October 14, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033382/clinical-pathological-correlations-in-three-patients-with-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952052/stratifying-migraine-patients-based-on-dynamic-pain-provocation-over-the-upper-cervical-spine
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926944/coach-cv-the-seven-clinical-phenotypes-of-concussion
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921382/the-association-between-infantile-postural-asymmetry-and-unsettled-behaviour-in-babies
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882716/remote-thoracic-myelopathy-from-a-spinal-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-at-the-cranio-cervical-junction-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Michael J Lang, Stavropoula Tjoumakaris, Robert H Rosenwasser, Pascal Jabbour
BACKGROUND: The cranio-cervical junction is a rare location for spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (dAVF). Typically, fistulas at this location present with findings related to intracranial cortical venous reflux or with cervical myelopathy. We present a case of cranio-cervical junction dAVF with isolated clinical and radiographic findings of thoracolumbar myelopathy. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 54 year-old male presented with subacute onset of lower extremity weakness, paresthesias and gait dysfunction...
September 4, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870191/effectiveness-of-a-specific-manual-approach-to-the-suboccipital-region-in-patients-with-chronic-mechanical-neck-pain-and-rotation-deficit-in-the-upper-cervical-spine-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761411/the-crossed-phrenic-phenomenon
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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673831/risk-factors-for-laryngeal-penetration-aspiration-in-patients-with-acute-traumatic-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
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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...
June 30, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641450/musculoskeletal-dysfunction-in-migraine-patients
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538252/concurrent-paraspinous-myopathy-and-myasthenia-gravis
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Alissa E Romano, Zaid Al-Qudah, Henry J Kaminski, Bashar Katirji, Karim Salame
Paraspinous myopathy is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterized by selective involvement of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar muscles. Leading clinical features include a bent spine or dropped head (antecollis). In myasthenia gravis (MG), patients may have camptocormia secondary to neuromuscular junction dysfunction of the paraspinal muscles, and this condition usually responds to acetylcholinesterase inhibitors or immunosuppressive treatments. However, concomitant MG and paraspinous myopathy with histologic and electrophysiologic evidence of myopathic changes of the paraspinal muscles has only been reported twice in the literature...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524790/cognard-type-v-intracranial-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-presenting-in-a-pediatric-patient-with-rapid-progressive-myelopathy
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Walter J Jermakowicz, Alexander G Weil, Artyom Vlasenko, Sanjiv Bhatia, Toba N Niazi
Cognard Type V dural arteriovenous fistulas (dAVFs) are a unique type of cranial vascular malformation characterized by congestion of the perimedullary venous system that may lead to devastating spinal cord pathology if left untreated. The authors present the first known case of a pediatric patient diagnosed with a Type V dAVF. A 14-year-old girl presented with a 3-week history of slowly progressive unilateral leg weakness that quickly progressed to bilateral leg paralysis, sphincter dysfunction, and complete sensory loss the day of her presentation...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505961/effects-of-dual-task-conditions-on-cervical-spine-movement-variability
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Daniel Niederer, Lutz Vogt, Johanna Vogel, Winfried Banzer
BACKGROUND: The potential to accurately perform cervical movements during more challenging tasks might be of importance to prevent dysfunctional motion characteristics. Although sensorimotor function during dual-task conditions are of increasing interest in biomedical and rehabilitation research, effects of such conditions on movement consistency of the neck have not yet been investigated. OBJECTIVE: In this crossover MiSpEx(Medicine in Spine Exercise)-diagnostic study, we aimed to explore differences between single and dual-task conditions on cervical movement variability...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402459/spine-topographical-distribution-of-skin-%C3%AE-synuclein-deposits-in-idiopathic-parkinson-disease
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Vincenzo Donadio, Alex Incensi, Giovanni Rizzo, Cesa Scaglione, Sabina Capellari, Enrico Fileccia, Patrizia Avoni, Rocco Liguori
Phosphorylated α-synuclein (p-syn) in skin nerves mainly in the proximal sites is a promising neurodegenerative biomarker for idiopathic Parkinson disease (IPD). However, the p-syn spine distribution particularly in patients with unilateral motor dysfunctions remains undefined. This study aimed to investigate in IPD p-syn differences between left and right cervical spine sites in patients with prevalent unilateral motor symptoms, and cervical and thoracic spine sites in patients with bilateral motor symptoms...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337505/osteochondroma-causing-cervical-spinal-cord-compression
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Ryunosuke Fukushi, Makoto Emori, Noriyuki Iesato, Masanobu Kano, Toshihiko Yamashita
Osteochondromas are the most common benign tumors of the bone. They occur in young adolescent patients and are frequently located in the metaphyses of the long bones; they do not grow after skeletal maturity. The incidence of osteochondroma in the spine is reported to be rare. Moreover, patients with spinal osteochondroma who develop symptoms of myelopathy are extremely rare. We report the case of an 8-year-old girl who experienced myelopathy due to spinal compression of the cervical osteochondroma. This case suggests that if a cartilage cap is observed on the spinal canal with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the tumor may extend to the spinal canal, resulting in neurologic dysfunction...
August 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317439/patterns-of-cervical-and-masticatory-impairment-in-subgroups-of-people-with-temporomandibular-disorders-an-explorative-approach-based-on-factor-analysis
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Nikolaus Ballenberger, Harry von Piekartz, Mira Danzeisen, Toby Hall
OBJECTIVES: To identify clinical patterns of impairment affecting the cervical spine and masticatory systems in different subcategories of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) by an explorative data-driven approach. METHODS: For this observational study, 144 subjects were subdivided according to Research Diagnostic Criteria for TMDs into: Healthy controls, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) signs without symptoms, TMJ affected, temporomandibular muscles affected, or TMJ and muscles affected...
March 20, 2017: Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251189/the-influence-of-sarcopenia-in-dropped-head-syndrome-in-older-women
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Yawara Eguchi, Toru Toyoguchi, Masao Koda, Munetaka Suzuki, Hajime Yamanaka, Hiroshi Tamai, Tatsuya Kobayashi, Sumihisa Orita, Kazuyo Yamauchi, Miyako Suzuki, Kazuhide Inage, Kazuki Fujimoto, Hirohito Kanamoto, Koki Abe, Yasuchika Aoki, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Seiji Ohtori
BACKGROUND: Age-related sarcopenia may cause physical dysfunction. We investigated the involvement of sarcopenia in dropped head syndrome (DHS). METHODS: Our study subjects were ten elderly women with idiopathic DHS (mean age 75.1 years, range 55-89). Twenty age- and sex-matched volunteers (mean age 73.0, range 58-83) served as controls. We used a bioelectrical impedance analyzer (BIA) to analyze body composition, including appendicular skeletal muscle mass index (SMI; appendicular lean mass (kg)/(height (m))(2))...
2017: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214618/deep-neck-flexor-endurance-in-the-adolescent-and-young-adult-normative-data-and-associated-attributes
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Nathan F Jarman, Toby Brooks, C Roger James, Troy Hooper, Mark Wilhelm, Jean-Michel Brismée, Manuel A Domenech, Stanley J Kotara, Phillip S Sizer
BACKGROUND: Deep neck flexor (DNF) muscles stabilize the neck and contribute to head acceleration control. The function of DNF in cervical spine dynamic stabilization has not been examined in athletes of any age group, including adolescents. This investigation was necessary prior to studying the DNF muscles' role in cervical spine injury patterns. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were (1) to determine average Deep Neck Flexor Endurance Test (DNFET) time scores in high school-aged and university-aged subjects (aged 14-22 years); and (2) to establish the relationship between gender and age for adolescent DNFET time scores...
February 16, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176603/can-axial-pain-be-helpful-to-determine-surgical-level-in-the-multilevel-cervical-radiculopathy
#19
Bo-Kyung Suh, Ki Han You, Moon Soo Park
Spine surgeons are required to differentiate symptomatic cervical disc herniation with asymptomatic radiographic herniation. Although the dermatomal sensory dysfunction of upper extremity is the most important clue, axial pain including cervicogenic headache and parascapular pain may be helpful to find surgical target level. However, there is no review article about the axial pain originated from cervical spondylotic radiculopathy and relieved by surgical decompression. The purpose is to review the literatures about the axial pain, which can be utilized in determining target level to be decompressed in the patients with cervical radiculopathy at multiple levels...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174188/cervical-spine-arteriovenous-fistula-associated-with-hereditary-haemorrhagic-telangiectasia
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Iain John McGurgan, Roisin Lonergan, Ronan Killeen, Christopher McGuigan
Reported is a case of a man aged 55 years who presented with progressive spastic paraparesis. Examination demonstrated multiple cutaneous telangiectases. Subsequent development of upper limb weakness, acute urinary retention and eventual respiratory compromise resulted in the requirement for intensive care unit admission and mechanical ventilation. MRI spine revealed diffuse T2 hyperintensity in the cervical cord with enhancement and cord expansion. Immunomodulatory therapy for a presumed diagnosis of transverse myelitis yielded no response, so a vascular aetiology was suspected...
February 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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