Spine corrections can help prevent back pain and improve quality of life for patients suffering from spinal injuries, a new study shows.
A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy suggests that spinal correction foam can help patients with chronic spinal injuries feel less pain and have better quality of movement in their joints.
The study was led by researchers from the University of Utah.
“We’re working with anesthesiologists and physical therapists, and they’ve been looking at the effects of spinal correction in treating spinal injuries,” said co-author John A. Poulter, M.D., Ph.
D. “The way we think about spinal correction is we think of it as an adjunct to rehabilitation.
But we don’t really know how much it really does.”
Poulters study found that spinal corrections can significantly reduce pain and reduce stiffness in patients with multiple sclerosis, spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis.
Spinal corrections also help reduce swelling in patients who have chronic pain.
The results were consistent in both patients and controls, and showed that spinal changes reduced pain and stiffness and improved quality of joint function in those with multiple spinal injuries.
“In the spinal cord, we’re seeing that there are actually very small differences between people who are in pain and people who don’t,” said lead author Dr. Sarah R. Eakin, Ph.d.
“When we’re looking at people who have spinal injuries and their joints, there are really small differences in how well the patients are doing in the rehabilitation.
We think that these small differences are the most important.”
Poulster said that spinal interventions have become more common in the past decade, but that the effects were not clear.
“What we’re really trying to understand is how spinal correction has evolved and what we might be able to do to help people with chronic injuries,” she said.
Poulsters team also conducted a study on how the spinal correction could be used to improve the quality of exercise, including a walk, running, or swimming session.
“It’s been really difficult for me to get the people who use spinal correction to actually exercise because they’re not very motivated,” Poults study author said.
“They just want to do this thing and have it happen.
They just want the exercise.
And it’s really hard to find that motivation.
So the more people can see that their pain is actually getting better, that the spinal system is really healing, the better off people will be.”
Dr. James L. Fagan, Ph,M.
D, professor of physical therapy at the University at Buffalo, was one of the study’s authors.
“For the most part, people with spinal injury tend to be more motivated to be active, so they have a lower level of pain,” he said.
He said that a spinal correction, when done correctly, can be beneficial for people with arthritis, back pain, and other chronic pain disorders.
Fagans team used a new method to measure spinal motion in patients.
Patients who were initially immobilized in a chair for an extended period of time were placed in an MRI scanner for 10 minutes.
Then, they were allowed to perform a series of voluntary movement tests, such as walking, running or swimming.
“Then we gave them an MRI to see if there was a difference between the activity they were doing and the activity that they had previously,” Fagan said.
Patients were then given spinal correction treatments that included the foam.
“If you were doing these spinal corrections and you had an MRI, you could actually see a difference,” Fagann said.
Faggans team found that the patients who were given spinal corrections experienced a significant reduction in pain when they returned to the exercise position.
“I think that’s important because if we can reduce pain, we can actually improve quality and the quality and quality of function of the spinal nerve,” he added.
The researchers also noted that spinal rehabilitation can improve the joint and neurological function of spinal nerves.
They also noted a decrease in the percentage of patients with serious spinal injuries who had surgery or had to have their spinal nerves removed.
“A lot of these people are just not getting the care they need,” Faggan said.
When spinal correction treatment is performed in the clinic, it can be a good option for patients who are unable to get to a physical therapist, who can help with a range of symptoms including joint pain, muscle stiffness, and stiffness in the muscles of the spine.
Faga said that the research on the effects that spinal intervention can have on joint function and function in people with multiple spine injuries should be considered for inclusion in rehabilitation guidelines.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the Arthritis Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
For more information on spine correction, visit the U.S. National Institutes on Aging website.
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