Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Volume 12, issue 1
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Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation is a journal whose main focus is to present relevant information about the interdisciplinary approach to musculoskeletal rehabilitation for clinicians who treat patients with back and musculoskeletal pain complaints. It will provide readers with both 1) a general fund of knowledge on the assessment and management of specific problems and 2) new information considered to be state-of-the-art in the field. The intended audience is multidisciplinary as well as multi-specialty.
In each issue clinicians can find information which they can use in their patient setting the very next day. Manuscripts are provided from a range of health care providers including those in physical medicine, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, neurosurgery, physical therapy, radiology, osteopathy, chiropractic and nursing on topics ranging from chronic pain to sports medicine. Diagnostic decision trees and treatment algorithms are encouraged in each manuscript. Controversial topics are discussed in commentaries and rebuttals. Associated areas such as medical-legal, worker's compensation and practice guidelines are included.
The journal publishes original research papers, review articles, programme descriptions and cast studies. Letters to the editors, commentaries, and editorials are also welcomed. Manuscripts are peer reviewed. Constructive critiques are given to each author. Suggestions for thematic issues and proposed manuscripts are welcomed.
Abstract: The lower back is a major factor in the patient's health as well as in his/her economic and social conditions. Many of the diagnostic and therapeutic decisions regarding the lower back are subjective in nature. Complimentary objective and quantitative data will be of great help in clinic and hospital. Some data of this kind evolving from 3-D (3 dimensional) dynamometry is described here and compared to the existing normal, non-symptomatic database published elsewhere. This is an important step toward the objective definition of the abnormal function of the lower back and the use of 3-D dynamometry in the clinic. The…range of motion (RoM), maximal isometric torque (MIT), maximal and average speed of motion (MV and AV) and the maximal torques applied in secondary planes while moving in a primary plane (MST) are reported in 54 non-symptomatic volunteers. The men and the women had a similar RoM in all planes (80–90 degrees) but all other results are sex-dependent. The men demonstrated nearly twice the women's torques around all axes, isometrically, and moved much faster in all directions.
Abstract: Debate has developed with respect to the use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound for inflammatory disorders of the nerve root or spinal facets. This discussion has shifted the focus from less controversial aspects of spinal diagnostic ultrasonography including measurement of spinal canal diameter, paraspinal muscle evaluation, and monitoring of intraoperative spinal decompression. This paper will review the literature with respect to the above, and present a supporting argument for the use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography in the evaluation of paraspinal conditions involving ligamentous or muscular strain. A clinical study will be presented where images are correlated to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),…and a case report will be presented.