Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Volume 30, 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: BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a non-articular rheumatic disorder of unclear etiology, characterized by widespread body pain, fatigue and, psychological complaints OBJECTIVES: To investigate the serum levels of neuron-specific enolase (NSE) in patients with FMS and to evaluate the relationship between cognitive function, quality of life and psychological state. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-five female patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria, and 40 healthy female subjects were enrolled in the study. Life quality scale [(Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ)], psychological state (Beck Depression Scale), and cognitive dysfunction…(mini mental test, clock drawing test) scales were used for patients and control subjects. Serum NSE levels were studied using the ECLIA method. RESULTS: No significant differences were found in the serum NSE levels between the FMS patients and the control subjects (p> 0.05). Life quality and psychological state scores were found to be higher in FMS patients relative to the control group (p< 0.001). However, no significant differences were detected in cognitive function (p> 0.05). Significant correlations were not found between the serum NSE levels and quality of life, psychological state and cognitive functions (p> 0.05). CONCLUSION: No significant difference was determined between the groups in terms of NSE levels. Further studies, including larger series, should be carried out to clarify this relationship.
Keywords: Fibromyalgia syndrome, neuron-specific enolase, cognitive dysfunction, quality of life, psychological state
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Noninvasive rasterstereography has been reported as a helpful tool for assessing pelvic parameters. However, the validation and reproducibility of this tool are still questionable. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between video rasterstereography device (VRD) and X-ray photography in terms of validity and reproducibility (inter- and intra-examiner reliability) in pelvic parameters. METHODS: Thirty male and female healthy subjects with a mean age (26.9 ± 4.9 years) participated in this study. Subjects were examined by VRD for three pelvic parameters (pelvic torsion, pelvic tilt, and pelvic inclination). Measurements were conducted by three different examiners.…Subjects were examined by X-ray radiography for the same pelvic parameters as well. Pearson correlation coefficient (r) was used to examine the validity and Intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) was used to check intra- and inter-examiner reliability. RESULTS: For pelvic torsion, tilt, and inclination the validity levels of VRD were 0.867, 0.996, and 0.930 (P < 0.05), respectively; while the intra- and inter-examiner reliability coefficients were 0.999, 0.999, and 0.998 and 0.990, 0.997, and 0.989, respectively. CONCLUSION: The results of this study revealed that the VRD has both high validity and reliability in assessing the selected three pelvic parameters that reflect the three fundamental planes of movement in healthy subjects. Further studies using VRD are recommended to assess low back pain-associated pelvic parameters.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Protracted Febrile Myalgia is a rare form of vasculitis that is diagnosed in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever. OBJECTIVE: To present a case with Familial Mediterranean and Anklosing Spondylitis on anti-TNF therapy for three years, who developed protracted febrile myalgia syndrome. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 35-year-old woman with known Familial Mediterranean Fever and Anklosing Spondylitis for 3 years presented with fever, diarrhea, intermittent abdominal pain and severe diffuse muscular pain lasting for two weeks. The patient was investigated for any infection focus. The patient was diagnosed as having…Protracted Febrile Myalgia four weeks after the onset of the symptoms. Prednisolone 1 mg/kg per day was applied. Her fever and muscle pain resolved within 48 hours. CONCLUSION: The coexisting Ankylosing Spondylitis disease and the use of anti-TNF treatment in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever could be a confounding factor for the investigation of fever. Steroid therapy has a dramatic response.