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Archive for May 2018

Office Work Risk Factors for Neck Pain.

Office workers have a very high rate of neck pain, but the relationship between symptoms and risk factors is unclear. A new study involving 763 office workers found a significant association between neck pain and working more than six hours per day on the computer, greater psychological distress, and reduced cervical range of motion.
Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, March 2018

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Manual Therapy Can Change the Carpal Tunnel

Compression of the carpal tunnel can lead to wrist pain and numbness, which is known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). A recent study investigated the dimensional changes of the carpal tunnel during manual mobilisation of the carpal joints, a therapy often performed by Osteopaths in the management of CTS. Using ultrasound, investigators measured the carpal tunnel of 18 volunteers at rest and during manual mobilisation and discovered that mobilisation led to significant increases in the dimensions of the carpal tunnel.
Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, April 2018

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Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

In this study, researchers compared questionnaire data and exam findings from 1,512 patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and age-matched controls and found the following are risk factors for the condition: increasing age, smoking, past/current wrist injury, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, and work that places excessive force on the wrists. The findings suggest that lifestyle changes could go a long way to reduce the incidence of CTS.
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, March 2018

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Neuropathic Pain Common in Pregnant Women with Lumbopelvic Pain.

Neuropathic pain is often described as shooting or burning pain, which can resolve on its own or become chronic in nature. A recent study found that up to 37% of pregnant women with lumbopelvic pain also experience neuropathic pain. According to researchers, the presence of lumbopelvic pain increases the risk of neuropathic pain by about 600%! Further analysis showed that the combination of neuropathic pain and lumbopelvic pain can take a substantial toll on an expectant mother’s functional status as well as her quality of life.
European Journal of Rheumatology, March 2018

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Awkward Postures a Pain for Nurses.

Low back pain is the most common work-related musculoskeletal problem among healthcare workers. A recent study investigated trunk posture and its relationship to the occurrence of low back pain among a group of 87 nurses. The researchers found that 72% of the nurses in the study had a recent episode of low back pain, and awkward trunk postures in flexion and side bending significantly increased their risk for developing low back pain.
Work, April 2018

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Office Work Risk Factors for Neck Pain.

Office workers have a very high rate of neck pain, but the relationship between symptoms and risk factors is unclear. A new study involving 763 office workers found a significant association between neck pain and working more than six hours per day on the computer, greater psychological distress, and reduced cervical range of motion.
Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy, March 2018

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