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Archive for January 2018

neck pain

Neuropathic Pain Linked to Chronic Low Back Pain.

Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system. Symptoms often include burning or coldness, “pins and needles” sensations, numbness, and itching. A recent study investigated the prevalence of neuropathic pain among a group of 1,200 Korean adults with chronic low back pain. The research team found that not only was neuropathic pain a common complaint among these patients but those with both chronic low back pain and neuropathic pain experienced a lower quality of life and greater disability.
Asian Spine Journal, December 2017

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Heel Posture Plays Role in Back Pain.

A recent study set out to investigate the influence of calcaneal (heel) position on the pelvic and trunk alignment of ten healthy subjects. Using 3-D motion analysis, the researchers found that calcaneal inversion (commonly seen among those with a high arch) can affect the alignment of the pelvic and trunk, increasing the risk for back pain. The findings reveal the importance evaluating the foot and ankle when assessing low back pain patients.
Journal of Physical Therapy and Science, November 2017

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