Exercise and chronic low back pain

Clinical guidelines recommend exercise for the management of chronic low back pain (CLBP). Numerous mechanisms have been proposed for how exercise might work to improve pain and disability in people with CLBP, but these were yet to be synthesised. The aim of our systematic review was to determine the proposed mechanisms of benefit for exercise … Continue reading Exercise and chronic low back pain

What do people post on social media relative to low back pain?

We conducted a content analysis to describe posts about low back pain on social media geo-targeted to Australia. The results provide a snapshot of what is relevant for people with low back pain, thereby accessing an otherwise undisclosed insight to direct patient-centred care. https://youtu.be/ktmAsyTQ-d4 We used a conventional content analysis method. We searched social media … Continue reading What do people post on social media relative to low back pain?

‘It’s not hands-on therapy, so it’s very limited’: Telehealth use and views among allied health clinicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

Although telehealth was adopted by clinicians during the coronavirus pandemic, there are some barriers present. 827 clinicians participated in the presented study. Median proportion of people seen via telehealth increased from 0% pre to 60% during the pandemic. Most clinicians reported managing common musculoskeletal conditions via telehealth. Less than half (42%) of clinicians surveyed believed … Continue reading ‘It’s not hands-on therapy, so it’s very limited’: Telehealth use and views among allied health clinicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

Priapism, a symptom of claudication of the cauda equina in spinal stenosis

Karl Barbaro and James Midgley. Priapism is defined as a persistent penile erection in the absence of sexual arousal. This symptom has been documented in patients with spinal stenosis although it is considered a rare finding. The European Association of Urology guidelines on priapism [Salonia et al., 2014] list cauda equina syndrome and spinal stenosis … Continue reading Priapism, a symptom of claudication of the cauda equina in spinal stenosis

Unhelpful beliefs and attitudes about low back pain in the general population: A cross-sectional survey

Unhelpful beliefs about non-specific low back pain (LBP) are associated with poorer coping strategies and unhelpful behaviours. Furthermore, targeting unhelpful beliefs about back pain has been advanced as a major priority to decrease the burden of LBP. Therefore, studies exploring these beliefs are needed to adapt the message delivered to the population. A study conducted … Continue reading Unhelpful beliefs and attitudes about low back pain in the general population: A cross-sectional survey

Identifying vascular pathologies or flow limitations: important aspects in the clinical reasoning process

Cervical spine manipulation and cervical mobilisation are frequently used in the management of neck pain and headache. Although very rare, serious adverse events (SAEs) following cervical spine manipulation and mobilisation have been described. Recently, a revised version of the International IFOMPT Cervical Framework was published, to provide guidance for the assessment of the cervical spine … Continue reading Identifying vascular pathologies or flow limitations: important aspects in the clinical reasoning process

Self management of LBP

How do we promote self management for patients with low back pain? Find the article here. No time to read the full text? No problem! Here's a 2 min video summary from the authors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UalWBA1901w&feature=youtu.be Highlights: Therapists mainly provided patient education rather than self-management support. They mainly focused on the physical and biomechanical factors of … Continue reading Self management of LBP

Eagle’s syndrome

Eagle's syndrome, elongated styloid process and new evidence for pre-manipulative precautions for potential cervical arterial dysfunction: Eagle's syndrome is an underdiagnosed, multi-mechanism symptom assortment produced by provocation of the sensitive carotid space structures by styloid process anomalies. As the styloid traverses between the internal and external carotid arteries, provocation of the vessels and periarterial sympathetic … Continue reading Eagle’s syndrome