Dynamic Disc Designs

Grip Strength as a Screening Index for Severe Degenerative Cervical Spine

Degenerative Cervical

Goal of the Study? In this cross-sectional study from the International Journal of General Medicine1 the authors’ goal was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of grip strength in determining the presence of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy.   Why are they doing this study? If Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM) could be easily screened for in primary care, […]

Spontaneous regression of herniated cervical disc: A case report and literature review

Cervical Herniated Disc

Goal of the Study? In this review 1 the authors examine 76 cases of spontaneous herniated cervical discs and one direct patient experience to understand the phenomenon better.   Why are they doing this study? Spontaneous regression of herniated lumbar discs has been well researched. However, spontaneous regression of herniated cervical discs has not been […]

Association of Cervical Spondylosis with Peripheral Vertigo: A Case-Control Study

Cervical Spondylosis

Goal of the Study? In this study, 1 the researchers investigated the association of prior cervical spondylosis (CS) diagnosis with peripheral vertigo in Taiwanese patients. Why are they doing this study? CS is an age-related condition resulting from deterioration in the spine, with a prevalence rate of more than 50% among those over 40 years […]

How Precise Are CT Scans for Detecting Upper Cervical Injury?

Upper Cervical Spine Model

A study 1 published in The Spine Journal shared interesting results about CT exams and detecting upper cervical spine injuries. The conclusion hoped the current study’s data might help with earlier detection of craniocervical dissociative injuries. Why Conduct Such a Study? Research shows that in fatal cervical spine injuries, the common findings are traumatic occipitocervical […]

What are the Risk Factors Associated with Recurrent Lumbar Disc Herniation After Discectomy?

What are the Risk Factors Associated with Recurrent Lumbar Disc Herniation After Discectomy

Not many reports address whether LSTV (Lumbosacral transitional vertebrae) has a link with LDH (Lumbar disc herniation). A study 1, in the journal International Orthopedics, was conducted to rectify that. The results showed that LSTV and a hypermobile disc in flexion-extension radiography were risk factors for recurrent LDH. What was the Context? Reports show that […]

New Study Finds Evidence of Altered CNS Activity in Fibromyalgia Patients

Fibromyalgia Patients, cervical spine

A 2018 study 1 of resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) of the cervical spinal cord in fibromyalgia patients and control subjects found there was greater ventral and lesser dorsal Mean ALFF of the cervical spinal cord in patients with fibromyalgia, compared to the control group subjects. The results of the study may indicate that […]

Migration of Nucleus Pulposus

Treatment strategies related to intervertebral disc displacement often involves extension. Robin McKenzie’s work on centralization of symptoms in the case of disc herniation has been used by many.  Most of the research on migration nucleus pulposus has been previously investigated in the lumbar spine. In a recent study published in PM&R 1 , researchers looked at […]

Can you guess the symptoms?

uncovertebral hypertrophy

Cervical x-rays can tell the ordering clinician a great deal in identifying the source of a patients symptoms. In this image, can you guess the symptoms in this 67 year old female? Cliff Tao DC DACBR Owner and Chiropractic Radiologist Orange County, California Area,Medical Practice helps bring important topics to the forefront. At Dynamic Disc Designs, we use […]