Entries by Courtney Buffy

Quality of life in preoperative patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction is at least as depressed as in other lumbar spinal conditions.

Cher DJ Reckling WC Med devices (Auckland) Dec 2015BACKGROUND:Pain from the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is an under-recognized cause of low back pain. The degree to which SIJ pain decreases quality of life has not been directly compared to other more familiar conditions of the lumbar spine.METHODS:Multivariate regression analysis of individual patient data from two prospective […]

What Are Long-term Predictors of Outcomes for Lumbar Disc Herniation? A Randomized and Observational Study.

Kerr D1, Zhao W, Lurie JD. Clin ortho res 2014BACKGROUND:Although previous studies have illustrated improvements in surgical cohorts for patients with disc herniation, there are limited data on long-term outcomes comparing surgical and nonsurgical outcomes.METHODS:Patients with symptomatic lumbar radiculopathy for at least 6 weeks associated with nerve root irritation or neurologic deficit on examination and […]

Surgical vs Conservative treatment for lumbar disc herniation: a prospective cohort study.

BMJ Dec 2016Gugliotta M. et alOBJECTIVES:Evidence comparing the effectiveness of surgical and conservative treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation.RESULTS:Surgical treatment patients reported less back pain at 6 weeks than those receiving conservative therapy were more likely to report ≥50% decrease in back pain and reported less physical function disability at 52 weeks.The other assessments showed […]

Complementary Medicine

Selling falsehoods? A cross-sectional study of Canadian naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture clinic website claims relating to allergy and asthma  Blake Murdoch, Stuart CarrAbstractObjective To identify the frequency and qualitative characteristics of marketing claims made by Canadian chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopaths and acupuncturists relating to the diagnosis and treatment of allergy and asthma.Setting Canada.Data set 392 […]

Cranberries to prevent UTI: The evidence doesn’t support it.

Cranberries (usually as cranberry juice) have been ‘tried’ for years to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberries contain a substance that can prevent bacteria from sticking on the walls of the bladder. This may help prevent bladder and other UTIs. A systematic review identified 24 studies (4473 participants) comparing cranberry products with control or alternative […]

Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation for children in the United States: an analysis of data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey.

Ndetan H Evans MW Jr, Hawk C, Walker C.J Comp Med Dec. 2012OBJECTIVES:The aim of this study was to describe use of chiropractic and/or osteopathic manipulation by children in the United States along with the specific health conditions for which they sought care.RESULTS:National estimates indicated that 2.3 million children (2.3%) in the United States had […]

Association of sugary beverages with survival among patients with cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract.

Cancer causes cont Nov. 2016Miles FL et alPURPOSE:The role of consumption of added sugars in cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) is unclear. We examined associations between sugary beverages and susceptibility to UADT cancer as well as overall survival among UADT cancer patients.RESULTS:A positive association was observed with consumption of grams of sugar from […]

Over-imaging in uncomplicated low back pain: a 12-month audit of a general medical unit.

Rego MH, Nagiah S, Internal Med J Dec. 2016AbstractLow back pain is frequently encountered in hospitals and is a leading cause of disability, often involving costly imaging that exposes a patient to radiation. A retrospective 12-month audit at a South Australian hospital evaluated the frequency, modality and appropriateness of imaging in patients with low back […]

Study Refutes Link Between Strokes, Chiropractic Care

(NewsUSA) Dec 2016There have been some high-profile stories of stroke after a visit to a chiropractor several days before to relieve neck pain.The theory is being refuted by research done this year by a team of neurosurgeons at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. They performed what they described as “a systematic review and meta-analysis […]

Mobilization-Therapy vs. Motion-Therapy

Having been an advocate of ATM-2 therapy for nearly 13 years I have been encouraged to recognize how instability (hyper-mobility or excessive motion in-the-neutral zone of a motion segment) differs from hypo-mobility in several key ways. Most Chiropractic procedures have as their implicit “finding” a segment in need of mobilization. However the difficulty with our […]