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How many degrees of fredom are available in the spine?



Describe Fryette's laws of spinal biomechanics?

C-spine: side bend and rot occur to the same side; Lumbar and thoracic in neutral SB and Rot occur to the opposite side; Lumbar and thoracic in flex SB and rot same side; in reality spinal movement is highly variable in the thoracolumbar


Normal ranges for C0-C1

10-15 flex/ext, 8 degrees lateral flexion


Normal ranges: C1-2

10 flex/ext, 45 rot


Normal ranges: C3-7

64 flexion, 24 ext, 40 lateral flexion, 40 rot


Normal ranges: T1-S1

80 flex, 25 ext, 45 rot, 35 lat flexion


Angle of the facets for cerv, thoracic, lumbar:

Cerv: 45; thoracic: 60; lumbar vertical


Loads on the back when seated, standing forward bend, and seated forward bend?

145%, 150%, 180%


What level does the conus medullaris end?



How are facets innervated?

from one segment below and above


What happens during the straight leg raise test?

Neural movement: 0-30degrees slack is taken up, 35-70 the nerve root moves, 70-90 all structures are stretched


How effective are lumbosacral corsets for relief of spinal disk pressure?

Approximately 20-30% reduction in max disk load


What is the problem with supine situps in relation to the back:

high disk pressure therefore should be limited ~210% pressure


Chronic low back pain recruitment of erector spinae vs normal subjects shows what:

earlier and longer recruitment


What effect can a >3cm leg length discrepancy have on the lumbar spine?

Asymmetry in lateral bending during gait leading to accelerated degeneration


What is the role of bed rest in acute back pain

It should be limited, rest from activity but not from function except severe neurlogic involvement


Function of the intervertebral disk:

provides space and position; permits, guides, and restrains motion in all directions


What position facilitates disk nutrition?

sidelying or supine with knees bent


What is the source of diskogenic pain?

Healing response with vascularization and nerve growth causes pain


Describe stiffness in the low back

may occur after an acute injury with lack of movement resulting in collagen cross binging or fibrous adhesions


Describe mechanical block in the low back:

at L4/5 after stooping to pick up an object the joint may become locked in SB'ing; potentially related to a torn or seperated meniscoid or free fragment of articular cartilage


Describe painful capsule entrapment:

This is what is thought to happen in the C-spine after an awkward movement with one sided pain


Difference between protrusion and herniation?

Annular fibers are intact vs being disrupted


How quickly does disk disease resolve:

90-95% resolve in 3-4 months


Is intensive or mild exercise better after disk surgery?

Intensive 4-6 wks post surgery


Manual therapy and disk herniation, is it warranted?

yes, it can help increase movement and get the muscles to relax


What is spinal instability:

Osseoligamentous and neuromuscular components of the spine are unable to hold the spine against aberrant motions and slippage, leading to stress on soft tissues


What is the order of soft tissue disruption with forward flexion injury?

supraspinous lig, interspinous lig, facet capsule, and disk


What is spondylolisthesis?

anterior slippage of one vertebral body on an adj


What is sacral angle?

The angle of displacement of the scarum from the verticle, the scarum becomes more verticle with progressive listhsis


What is spondylolysis?

Defect in the vertebra, typically L5 that presents with fractures, especially in the par interarticularis


Does spondylolysis always progress to sponylolisthesis?



Should neurological comprimise be anticipated with spondylolisthesis?

Yes, it can occur with dysplastic and isthmic


What is functional scoliosis:

appearant scoliosis caused by a leg length discrepency or muscle spasm


When should be bracing be consider for scoliosis?

>20 degrees if progressing, >30 immediately


Red flags for metastatic cancer in the back?

History of cancer, night pain or pain at rest, unexplained weight loss, >50 years old or <17 years old, Failure to improve over the predicted time interval


Red flags for infection within the disk?

Immunosuppressed, prolonged fever >100.4, Hx of intravenous drug abuse, Hx of recent UTI, celluitis or pneumonia


Red flags for undiagnosed vertebral fx?

Prolonged use of corticosteroids, mild trauma age >50, age >70, known Hx of osteoperosis, recent major trauma at any age (fall greater than 5 ft or MVA)


Red flags for dangerous AAA

A pulsating mass in the abdomen, a hx of atherosclerotic vascular disease, a throbbing pulsing back pain at rest or with recumbency, > 60 y/o


Lumbar Manipulation CPR?

No symptoms distal to the knee, Current episode 35 degrees (4/5 24.38 LR)


Is a single red flag in the absence of serious disease worrisome?

No, red flags in isloation have little concern


What is lateral vs central stenosis?

Lateral: narrowing occurs within the lumbar intervertebral foramina and/or the nerve root canal, causing, encroachment; Central: narrowing that occurs within the spinal canal


What is primary vs secondary stenosis?

Primary: congenital malformation or defect in postnatal development; Secondary: narrowing resulting from aquired conditions such as degenerative changes


What are the most common structural changes associated with lumbar stenosis?

Facet joint arthrosis and hypertrophy, bulging, and thickening of the ligamentum flavum, loss of disk are the most common changes contributing to lumbar spinal stenosis


How will a lumbar stenosis patient typically present?

> 50 y/o long Hx of low back pain, pain and/or numbness in one or both legs; limited ROM especially ext and will often reproduce the symptoms; symptoms improve with flexion


Why does spinal stenosis worsen with standing?

Ext narrows the spinal canal as does axial compression


What is neurogenic cladication?

poorly localized pain, paresthesias, and cramping of one or both LE of a neurologic origin; symptoms are worsened with walking and relieved by sitting


Are there other conditions that might be confused with lumbar stenosis?

OA of the ihip, vascular claudication, unstable spondylolisthesis, and lumbar intervertebral disk herniation


Biggest differentiating factor for other condition from lumbar stenosis:

posture dependent pain with standing/ext vs no pain with sitting; bicycle test vs TM test


Most common surgery for lumbar stenosis?

decompression laminectomy; fusion is usually only performed in the presenece of spondylisthesis


Can an unweighted TM help patients with lumbar spinal stenosis?

Possible because it unloads the axial compression and may decrease the neurogenic claudication symptoms


Common presentation of cervical stenosis patient:

Hyporeflexia, motor weakness, sensory disturbances, Cspine ROM limited, ext may aggravate Sx, may reduced symptoms with traction; + spurlings