Editor’s Memo: Spinal Fluid Flow and Pain Management – practicalpainmanagement.com – Editor’s Memo June 2017 By Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH
Spinal fluid flow (SFF) [also called cerebrospinal fluid, CSF] has been a silent subject in pain management.
This has to change.
For a while, pain practitioners have unknowingly been utilizing a variety of measures that likely enhance SFF.
Progressive research that involves SFF has shown how it occurs, how it may promote pain, and how it may impede treatment efforts. Continue reading
What is Piriformis Syndrome? spine-health.com – By John P. Revord, MD – Sept 2012
Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, spasms and causes buttock pain.
The piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot (similar to sciatic pain).
The Piriformis Muscle
The piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttock (behind the gluteus maximus). Continue reading
Bone pain mechanism in osteoporosis: a narrative review free full-text PMC5119722 – Clin Cases Miner Bone Metab. 2016 May-Aug
Bone pain in elderly people dramatically affects their quality of life, with osteoporosis being the leading cause of skeletal related events.
Peripheral and central mechanisms are involved in the pathogenesis of the nervous system sensitization.
Osteoporosis in the elderly has been associated with increased density of bone sensory nerve fibers and their pathological modifications, together with an over-expression of nociceptors sensitized by the lowering pH due to the osteoclastic activity. Continue reading
Restricted Hip Mobility: Clinical Suggestions for self-mobilization and muscle re-ediucation – free full-text PMC3811738 – 2013 Oct;
Restricted hip mobility has shown strong correlation with various pathologies of the hip, lumbar spine and lower extremity.
Restricted mobility can consequently have deleterious effects not only at the involved joint but throughout the entire kinetic chain.
Promising findings are suggesting benefit with skilled joint mobilization intervention for clients with various hip pathologies.
Supervised home program intervention, while lacking specifically for the hip joint, are demonstrating promising results in other regions of the body. Continue reading
Fascia: A Hidden Piece of the Puzzle of Fibromyalgia Pain – Fibro News Daily | April 25, 2017 | By Ginevra Liptan, MD
Many studies have shown that the fibromyalgia nervous system has become sensitized and therefore has overactive responses resulting in pain.
This is the target of the three FDA approved medications for this illness, and these medications can indeed be helpful—usually resulting in about 30 percent reduction of pain.
In my experience, both as someone with the illness personally and as a physician treating fibromyalgia, utilizing these medications alone is inadequate. Continue reading
Lab-grown cartilage as strong as natural | Science Codex | June 17, 2017
This could finally be a solution to replace defective deteriorating cartilage in joints of patients with connective tissue disorders. Perhaps the same methods could eventually be used to grow sturdy tendons and ligaments for us too.
Lab-grown cartilage grown shows similar mechanical and chemical properties to natural cartilage, which allows our joints to move smoothly, according to a new study.
The biomedical engineers from University of California, Davis, created a lab-grown tissue similar to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a stretch, they wrote in their Nature Materials study. Continue reading
The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body – The New York Times – By NATALIE ANGIER JUNE 12, 2017
I’m posting this just because I found it fascinating – hope you do too.
To the Mesopotamians, the liver was the body’s premier organ, the seat of the human soul and emotions. The Elizabethans referred to their monarch not as the head of state but as its liver,
Yet even the most ardent liverati of history may have underestimated the scope and complexity of the organ
In one recent study, researchers were astonished to discover that the liver grows and shrinks by up to 40 percent every 24 hours, while the organs around it barely budge. Continue reading
How Slow Breathing Induces Tranquility – Neuroscience News – Mar 2017
Stanford scientists have identified a small group of neurons that communicates goings-on in the brain’s respiratory control center to the structure responsible for generating arousal throughout the brain.
Try it. Breathe slowly and smoothly. A pervasive sense of calm descends. Now breathe rapidly and frenetically. Tension mounts. Why?
It’s a question that has never been answered by science, until now.
In a new study, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and their colleagues have identified a handful of nerve cells in the brainstem that connect breathing to states of mind. Continue reading
BREATHING PATTERN DISORDERS AND FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT |Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Feb
Normal breathing mechanics play a key role in posture and spinal stabilization.
Breathing Pattern Disorders (BPD) have been shown to contribute to pain and motor control deficits, which can result in dysfunctional movement patterns.
How we breathe is linked to our posture which is linked to pain, so there’s hope that by changing our breathing patterns, we might lessen our pain. Continue reading
Rebecca’s Brain: Chiari Symptoms – 2014
Though this list is a few years old, symptoms of illness/malformations are only added to, so I’m sure it’s still valid
Although when you meet with doctors the first thing you might get asked is whether or not you are having headaches, there are actually a lot more symptoms than that.
Headaches are definitely one of the most prominent for some people but others, like me, might not find them to be the most worrisome. Some don’t have them at all.
This is a list of known Chiari symptoms (95% of Chiarians have at least 5 of these.) Continue reading