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Cervical radiculopathy

Dafang Zhang, Philip Blazar, Brandon E Earp
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the rates and types of complications and secondary surgeries after mini-open carpal tunnel release. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed for 1,328 patients who underwent mini-open carpal tunnel release from August 2008 to July 2013. Patients were excluded for acute trauma, the index procedure being revision surgery, neoplasm, age less than 18 years, incomplete records, and postoperative follow-up less than 1 month, which yielded 904 patients who underwent 1,144 surgeries...
March 1, 2018: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
Min Kyoung Kim, Sung Eun Sim, Yong-Chul Kim, Jung Soo Kim, Seok Min Kwon, Yongjae Yoo, Chang-Soon Lee, Jee Youn Moon
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous cervical nucleoplasty (PCN) is an effective treatment for cervical herniated intervertebral disc (C-HIVD). In this retrospective study, we evaluated clinical predictors that affect the successful outcome of PCN. METHODS: Fluoroscopy-guided PCN was conducted for C-HIVD by one pain physician. Successful outcome was defined as a combination of > 50% pain relief on the numerical rating scale (NRS) pain score, no increase in analgesics, and no cervical epidural steroid injection during the 3-month follow-up period...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Christopher D Witiw, Fabrice Smieliauskas, John E O'Toole, Michael G Fehlings, Richard G Fessler
BACKGROUND: Surgery for cervical radiculopathy is often approached by either anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) or posterior cervical foraminotomy (PCF). ACDF is more common; however, recent single center studies suggest comparable efficacy and significant cost savings with PCF in appropriately selected patients. OBJECTIVE: To compare utilization, adverse events, and costs for each approach from a national perspective. METHODS: Adults undergoing single level ACDF or PCF for cervical radiculopathy were included from a US commercial health insurance claims database spanning 2003 to 2014...
March 14, 2018: Neurosurgery
Deed E Harrison, Paul A Oakley, Joseph W Betz
[Purpose] To present the case of the dramatic reduction in pain, disability, and neurologic symptoms following the reduction of forward head translation and increased cervical curvature in a patient suffering from post-surgical radiculopathy. [Subject and Methods] A 52-year-old male mechanic presented with chronic neck pain, unilateral paresthesia along the C5 and C6 dermatome distributions and diminished unilateral grip strength for 12 years following a C5-C6 cervical discectomy and fusion. Outcome measures included the neck disability index, the numerical pain rating scale, and the Zebris cervical range of motion system...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Holger Joswig, Armin Neff, Christina Ruppert, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Martin Nikolaus Stienen
BACKGROUND: The predictive value of short-term arm pain relief after 'indirect' cervical epidural steroid injection (ESI) for the 1-month treatment response has been previously demonstrated. It remained to be answered whether the long-term response could be estimated by the early post-interventional pain course as well. METHODS: Prospective observational study, following a cohort of n = 45 patients for a period of 24 months after 'indirect' ESI for radiculopathy secondary to a single-level cervical disk herniation (CDH)...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Behnaz Ansari, Majid Ghasemi, Mana Ahmadian, Fariborz Khorvash
Background: Radicular pain is one of the most common forms of chronic pain in the world, which has challenges about effective medical therapy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of pregabalin (PGB) and metformin (Met) on subacute and chronic radiculopathy. Materials and Methods: This double-blind prospective clinical trial was performed on 71 patients with subacute and chronic cervical and lumbosacral radiculopathy. Group A was treated with PGB 75 mg daily while Group B was treated with PGB 75 mg daily and Met 500 mg daily for 3 months...
2018: Advanced Biomedical Research
Nancy E Epstein
Background: Spinal meningiomas are found in patients typically between the ages of 75 and 84: some report the average age to be 50. They occur with an incidence of approximately 1000 patients per year in the US, are mostly single (90%) rather than multiple (10%), and arise from the spinal meninges (arachnoid/dura). Tumors are typically posterior/posterolateral (70%) in location, leaving the remaining 30% in the anterior/anterolateral spinal canal. They produce symptoms and signs of radiculopathy (nerve root) and/or myelopathy (cord compression) depending on their site of origin...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Jared D Ament, Tejas Karnati, Edwin Kulubya, Kee D Kim, J Patrick Johnson
Background: The surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy has centered around anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Alternatively, the posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy/microdiscectomy (PCF/PCM), which results in comparable outcomes and is more cost-effective, has been underutilized. Methods: Here, we compared the direct/indirect costs, reoperation rates, and outcome for ACDF and PCF vs. PCM using PubMed, Medline, and Embase databases. Results: There were no significant differences between the re-operative rates of PCF/PCM (2% to 9...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Nikola Vučinić, Mirela Erić, Snežana Tomašević-Todorovič, Bojana Milekić
BACKGROUND: Algometry, as a highly sensitive method, provides an objective insight into the degree of pain, while the use of questionnaires can estimate the patient's psychological status in a simple way. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted in order to measure the pressure pain threshold in patients with cervical and lumbar radiculopathy and to find a possible association of pain with the anxiety and depression. METHODS: The study examined 60 hospitalized patients with cervical radiculopathy and 60 patients with lumbar radiculopathy before starting and after finishing kinesitherapy...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Brigitte Tampin, Jan Vollert, Annina B Schmid
OBJECTIVE: Distal and proximal entrapment neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and cervical radiculopathy (CR) share similar etiologies. Experimental models suggest that despite comparable etiology, pathomechanisms associated with injuries of the peripheral and central axon branches are distinct. This study therefore compared self-reported and elicited sensory profiles in patients with distal and proximal entrapment neuropathies. METHODS: Patients with electrodiagnostically confirmed CTS (n = 103) and patients with CR (n = 23) were included in this study...
March 10, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Chun-Kun Park, Kyeong-Sik Ryu
Since the launch of cervical total disc replacement (CTDR) in the early 2000s, many clinical studies have reported better outcomes of CTDR compared to those of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. However, CTDR is still a new and innovative procedure with limited indications for clinical application in spinal surgery, particularly, for young patients presenting with soft disc herniation with radiculopathy and/or myelopathy. In addition, some controversial issues related to the assessment of clinical outcomes of CTDR remain unresolved...
February 2018: Asian Spine Journal
Rehan Ramzan Khan, Waqar Ahmad Awan, Sajid Rashid, Tahir Masood
Objective: To compare the effectiveness of intermittent cervical Traction in sitting vs. supine position for the management of cervical radiculopathy. Methods: A randomized clinical trial was done to compare pain and disability modification of cervical radiculopathy patients by using cervical traction in sitting and supine positions. Forty patients (males and females aged between 18-60 years with chronic cervical radiculopathy) were recruited for the trial. Participants were randomized into two homogeneous groups by dice method...
November 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Ehab Shiban, Moritz Nies, Johann Kogler, Lorenz Kogler, Pedro Ribeiro da Cunha, Bernhard Meyer, Jens Lehmberg
AIM: To correlate clinical and radiological outcome following one- and two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with stand-alone polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages filled with demineralized bone matrix (DBM). METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of a consecutive patient cohort with degenerative disc disease that underwent ACDF with stand-alone PEEK cages filled with demineralized bone matrix (DBM) between 2010 and 2013 with a minimum follow-up of 12 months...
February 26, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Cody J Mansfield
INTRODUCTION: The patient was referred to an outpatient physical therapy clinic for lumbar radiculopathy by a primary care physician and subsequently referred for imaging due to suspicion of cervical myelopathy. The case highlights the clinical reasoning of the physical therapist differentiating between lumbar stenosis, cervical myelopathy, and upper cervical instability. To the author's knowledge, this is the only case report in the literature to describe the mechanism that could underpin a false positive Sharp-Purser test (SPT)...
February 23, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Roger Chou, Pierre Côté, Kristi Randhawa, Paola Torres, Hainan Yu, Margareta Nordin, Eric L Hurwitz, Scott Haldeman, Christine Cedraschi
PURPOSE: The purpose of this review was to develop recommendations for the management of spinal disorders in low-income communities, with a focus on non-invasive pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies for non-specific low back and neck pain. METHODS: We synthesized two evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the management of low back and neck pain. Our recommendations considered benefits, harms, quality of evidence, and costs, with attention to feasibility in medically underserved areas and low- and middle-income countries...
February 19, 2018: European Spine Journal
Joseph L Laratta, Jamal N Shillingford, Comron Saifi, K Daniel Riew
Study Design: Systematic review. Objectives: Degenerative disc disease and spondylosis resulting in radiculopathy and retrodiscal myelopathy are among the most frequently encountered cervical spinal disorders. Traditionally, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) has successfully achieved neural decompression and restored intradiscal height in these conditions. Unfortunately, nonunion and iatrogenic adjacent segment pathology associated with fusion procedures in the cervical spine has led to an interest in motion-preserving procedures...
February 2018: Global Spine Journal
Yu Yamamoto, Masahito Hara, Yusuke Nishimura, Shoichi Haimoto, Toshihiko Wakabayashi
Transvertebral foraminotomy (TVF) combined with anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) can be used to treat multilevel cervical spondylotic myelopathy and radiculopathy; however, the radiological outcomes and effectiveness of this hybrid procedure are unknown. We retrospectively assessed 22 consecutive patients treated with combined TVF and ACDF between January 2007 and May 2016. The Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) score and Odom's criteria were analyzed. Radiological assessment included the C2-7 sagittal Cobb angle (CA) and range of motion (ROM)...
February 7, 2018: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
Pierre-Michel Dugailly, Benoît Beyer, Walid Salem, Véronique Feipel
BACKGROUND: Cervical foraminal impingement has been described as a source of radicular pain. Clinical tests and head motions have been reported for affecting the intervertebral foramen (IVF) dimensions. Although manual approaches are proposed in the management of cervical radiculopathy, their influence on the foraminal dimensions remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the influence of pre-manipulative positioning versus cervical axial rotation on the foraminal dimensions of the lower cervical spine...
January 26, 2018: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
Axiang He, Dong Xie, Bo Qu, Xiaomin Cai, Qin Kong, Lili Yang, Xiongsheng Chen, Lianshun Jia
BACKGROUND: Cervical radiculopathy is a common disease that affects millions of people. Patients usually are managed by conservative therapy and surgical treatments. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical outcomes between cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) and conservative management for patients with single level cervical radiculopathy at C5/6. METHODS: Seventy-two patients with cervical radiculopathy that only affect C5/6 joints were included and thirty-two of them received CDA surgery, and forty patients were treated with conservative management...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Krzysztof B Siemionow, Pawel Glowka, Robert J Blok, Mark C Gillespy, Mukund I Gundanna, William D Smith, Zeshan Hyder, Bruce M McCormack
Context: Posterior cervical cages have recently become available as an alternative to lateral mass fixation in patients undergoing cervical spine surgery. Aims: The purpose of this study was to quantify the perioperative complications associated with cervical decompression and fusion in patients treated with a posterior cervical fusion (PCF) and bilateral cages. Settings and Design: A retrospective, multicenter review of prospectively collected data was performed at 11 US centers...
October 2017: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
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