Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy

Interesting Thoughts On Low Back & Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy

CF 304: Interesting Thoughts On Low Back & Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy Today we’re going to talk about Interesting Thoughts On Low Back & Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music    

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #304 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Hip Pain And Corticosteroids & Chronic Pain After Spinal Surgery. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. We’re going to go quickly today. I have only a three day week this week because the fam and I are headed to Orlando this week for my Mastermind meeting If you do not recall, I’m in Dr Kevin Christie’s group and there are about 25 of us. We meet once per quarter and this will be our last one of the year. It’s always good to get around people that are doing big things. I’d say I’m probably somewhere in the middle of the group. Some are doing bigger things that I am and some are not. Some are right where Imm at but in a different way.  The point is I can learn from each of them and they can learn from me. That’s the essence of a mastermind group I suppose. Dr Christie has started a second Mastermind group now and this one is more for those in the western parts of the USA. I highly recommend listening to him on his Modern Chiropractic Mastery podcast and connecting with him either through email or through his Facebook group if the same name Masterminds are valuable. I don’t take trips once per quarter taking time out if my clinic for small silly stuff. This is big and you should be a part of it if you can be.  Next, poaching employees from other chiropractors in your area. General business tip: I’ve had a local chiropractor go after and poach two of my providers (acupuncture & massage) in less than two months. The tip is, don’t be a douchebag. Hire and train your own damn people, folks. I had invested years into each of these two people and helped them build their clientele and they were VERY well treated and paid.  Which I feel is mostly on them. That doesn’t mean I don’t need to look into our own setup to try to understand how they could do what they did. However, not just one, but two in less than two months……that’s dirty and has me hoppin’ mad. We came out on top big time on the acupuncturist. Without a doubt. The same will happen with the LMT. He just doesn’t know it yet. I’m happy he got the acupuncturist. It solved a big problem for me. Our new one is better and easier to do business with. I’m actually OK with him getting that particular LMT. I still have two others.  All parties involved over there are going to learn some lessons from each other. It’s not really about the individuals. It’s about the principle. I’ve never gone after my colleagues’ staff and never would. In fact, I’ve had MULTIPLE opportunities to poach others’ staff and told them I could not hire them because of my relationship with their boss. So, if you like making enemies out of your colleagues, going after their staff is a perfect way to do it. Item #1 OK, this first one this week is called “The mediating effect of social functioning on the relationship between catastrophizing and pain among patients with chronic low back pain” by Papianou et. Al. and published in Pain Medicine in November 2023. Schiza!! It’s muy caliente, my friends. Three languages in six words. Pow.  Citation is in the show notes, folks Lauren N Papianou, Jenna M Wilson, Robert R Edwards, Christine B Sieberg, Samantha M Meints, The mediating effect of social functioning on the relationship between catastrophizing and pain among patients with chronic low back pain, Pain Medicine, Volume 24, Issue 11, November 2023, Pages 1244–1250, https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnad093 Why They Did It
  • Pain catastrophizing can be characterized as an interpersonal form of coping used to elicit support or empathy from others. Despite intentions of increasing support, catastrophizing can impair social functioning. 
  • While considerable work has addressed the relationship between catastrophizing and pain, limited empirical work has examined this relationship within a social context. 
  • First, we examined the role of catastrophizing as a potential contributor to group differences (chronic low back pain [cLBP] vs pain-free controls) in social functioning. 
  • Then they conducted a follow-up, exploratory analysis to examine the relationships between catastrophizing, social functioning, and pain within the subgroup of participants with cLBP.
What They Found
  • Participants with cLBP reported higher levels of pain, impaired social functioning, and higher catastrophizing compared to pain-free controls. 
  • Catastrophizing partially mediated the group difference in impaired social functioning. 
  • Additionally, social functioning mediated the association between higher catastrophizing and greater pain within the subgroup of cLBP participants.
Wrap It Up
  • We showed that impaired social functioning was driving the relationship between higher pain catastrophizing and worse pain among participants with cLBP. 
  • Interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, should address catastrophizing in individuals with cLBP, while simultaneously improving social functioning.
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  • Delayed diagnosis of degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is likely due to a combination of its subtle symptoms, incomplete neurological assessments by clinicians and a lack of public and professional awareness. Diagnostic criteria for degenerative cervical myelopathy will likely facilitate earlier referral for definitive management.
  • They wanted to determine (i) the diagnostic accuracy of various clinical signs and (ii) the association between clinical signs and disease severity in degenerative cervical myelopathy?
How They Did It
  • A search was performed to identify studies on adult patients that evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of a clinical sign used for diagnosing degenerative cervical myelopathy. 
  • Studies were also included if they assessed the association between the presence of a clinical sign and disease severity. 
  • The QUADAS-2 tool was used to evaluate the risk of bias of individual studies.
What They Found
  • This review identified eleven studies that used a control group to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of various signs. 
  • An additional 61 articles reported on the frequency of clinical signs in a cohort of degenerative cervical myelopathy patients. 
  • The most sensitive clinical tests for diagnosing DCM were the Tromner and hyperreflexia, whereas the most specific tests were the Babinski, Tromner, clonus and inverted supinator sign. 
  • Five studies evaluated the association between the presence of various clinical signs and disease severity. 
  • There was no definite association between Hoffmann sign, Babinski sign or hyperreflexia and disease severity.
Wrap It Up The presence of clinical signs suggesting spinal cord compression should encourage health care professionals to pursue further investigation, such as neuroimaging to either confirm or refute a diagnosis of DCM. I’ll put some links to the tests at this point in the show notes at chiropracticforward.com Remember, it’s episode 304 Tromner Sign https://www.grepmed.com/images/7323/clinical-video-neurology-reflex-sign Inverted Supinator Sign   Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.       

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