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Are Weak Glutes a Cause of Back Pain?

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Using data from 24 published studies involving over 2,000 adults, researchers report that individuals with weak and/or painful gluteus medius muscles have an elevated risk for low back pain. The finding suggests that the gluteus medius muscles may play a role in low back pain and should be assessed in low back pain patients. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to evaluate the hip and pelvic region to assess issues such as glute weakness.

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, October 2019

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Teenagers with Neck and Back Pain.

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Evaluations of 305 adolescents revealed that 8.6% currently had back pain, 47% had back pain in the last year, and 65.1% had an episode of back pain in their lifetime. The researchers add that 5.9% of participants currently had neck pain, and the one-year and lifetime prevalence for neck pain was 39.8% and 51%, respectively. Further analysis showed that back pain was more common among older teens and those who sat with poor posture, while neck pain was more likely ...

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Neuromuscular Technique for Chronic Neck Pain.

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During a ten-week clinical trial involving 40 patients with mechanical neck pain, those treated with a combination of therapeutic exercise and a manual therapy technique to reduce trigger points experienced greater improvements in neck muscle strength and endurance than participants in a therapeutic exercise-only group. This finding is important as the deep neck muscles are typically deconditioned in patients with mechanical neck pain and improving neck muscle strength and endurance is important for reducing pain, disability, and the risk for ...

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Deep Neck Muscles and Headaches.

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In this study, researchers used ultrasonography to measure activity in the deep neck muscles of 22 cervicogenic headache patients and 22 healthy subjects. They observed that the deep neck muscles in the healthy subject group were thicker than those of participants in the cervicogenic headache group. The findings suggest that atrophy of deep neck muscles may play a role in cervicogenic headaches, and clinicians should keep this in mind when developing a treatment plan for patients with this condition. Doctors ...

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Manual Therapy Benefits Patients with Shoulder Pain.

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Subacromial impingement syndrome occurs when the rotator cuff tendons become inflamed or irritated as they pass through the subacromial space, which can lead to pain, weakness, and reduced range of motion in the shoulder. In a study involving 26 patients with acute subacromial impingement syndrome, researchers observed that those treated with manual therapy for four weeks experienced significant improvements with respect to pain, function, and range of motion. Doctors of chiropractic often utilize a combination of manual therapy and exercise ...

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