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Archive for March 2018

Manual Therapy May Help Sooth Crying Infants.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 19 studies published over the last 26 years found that manual therapies can safely benefit unsettled, distressed, and colicky infants. Further research is needed to determine the mechanism/s by which manual therapies benefit these infants.
BMJ Open, January 2018

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Problems Seeing Straight After Whiplash?

Convergence insufficiency (CI) is characterized by a reduced ability of the eyes to work together to focus on nearby objects, which can lead to symptoms such as headaches, blurred or double vision, and an inability to concentrate. A recent study found that patients with a history of whiplash are three times more likely to experience symptoms related to CI. This highlights the importance of proper evaluation of the visual system among those who have suffered whiplash associated disorders to aid in the reduction of associated symptoms.
Ophthalmology, January 2018

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Forklift Operators Have Higher Risk for Neck Pain.

Swedish researchers report that forklift operators are five times more likely to develop neck pain than office workers. The research team concludes, “This is the first published study showing that forklift operators have an increased risk of neck pain. The results are therefore of significance for improving work schedules, the adjustment of work tasks for these workers and the design of the vehicles.”
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, February 2018

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Do Lower Extremity Injuries Increase Low Back Pain Risk?

Each year, about one in twelve soldiers will experience an episode of acute lower back pain (LBP). A recent study found that a previous injury to the lower extremities increases a soldier’s risk for developing LBP by about 70%. They authors of the study conclude, “These findings suggest that a potential second order effect of [lower extremity injury] is an increased short-term risk for developing LBP, which should be considered during rehabilitation planning.”

Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise, December 2017

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Back Pain Is a Common Reason for Sick Leave During Pregnancy.

An analysis of questionnaires completed by 508 employed pregnant women revealed that back pain is the most common reason expectant mothers take long-term sick leave. Chiropractic care has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective treatment for women experiencing low back pain associated with their pregnancy.
Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, March 2018

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Chronic Pain Associated with Obesity.

Among a sample of 6,524 elderly men and women, researchers found that those characterized as overweight had a 23% increased risk for pain that can persist for weeks, months, or even years. Furthermore, participants whose body mass index fell into the obese range had a 71% heightened risk for chronic pain. The study reveals that persistent pain is common among older adults and that weight loss may play a role in the treatment of patients with chronic pain.
Achieves of Gerontology and Geriatrics, February 2018

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