The stabilizing system of the spine. Part II. Neutral zone and instability hypothesis.
ABSTRACT The neutral zone is a region of intervertebral motion around the neutral posture where little resistance is offered by the passive spinal column. Several studies--in vitro cadaveric, in vivo animal, and mathematical simulations--have shown that the neutral zone is a parameter that correlates well with other parameters indicative of instability of the spinal system. It has been found to increase with injury, and possibly with degeneration, to decrease with muscle force increase across the spanned level, and also to decrease with instrumented spinal fixation. In most of these studies, the change in the neutral zone was found to be more sensitive than the change in the corresponding range of motion. The neutral zone appears to be a clinically important measure of spinal stability function. It may increase with injury to the spinal column or with weakness of the muscles, which in turn may result in spinal instability or a low-back problem. It may decrease, and may be brought within the physiological limits, by osteophyte formation, surgical fixation/fusion, and muscle strengthening. The spinal stabilizing system adjusts so that the neutral zone remains within certain physiological thresholds to avoid clinical instability.
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ABSTRACT: Introduction:Clinical lumbar instability (CLI) is one of the subgroups of chronic non-specific low back pain. Thai rice farmers often have poor sustained postures during a rice planting pro-cess and start their farming at an early age. However, individual associated factors of CLI are not known and have rarely been diagnosed in low back pain. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and individual associated factors of CLI in Thai rice farmers. Methods:A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 323 Thai rice farmers in a rural area of Khon Kaen province, Thailand. Face-to-face interviews were conducted using the 13-item Delphi criteria questionnaire, after which an objective examination was performed using aberrant movement sign, painful catch sign, and prone instability test to obtain information. Individual factors such as sex, body mass index, waist-hip ratio, smoking, and number of years of farming experience, were recorded during the face-to-face interview. Results:The prevalence of CLI in Thai rice farmers calculated by the method described in this study was 13% (age 44±10 years). Number of years of farming experience was found to be significantly correlated with the prevalence of CLI (adjusted odds ratio =2.02, 95% confidence interval =1.03–3.98, P,0.05). Conclusion:This study provides prevalence of CLI in Thai rice farmers. Those with long-term farming experience of at least 30 years have a greater risk of CLI. Keywords:Delphi study, aberrant movement sign, painful catch sign, prone instability tesPatient Preference and Adherence 12/2014; 9:17. · 1.33 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: An in vitro biomechanical study for rabbit lumbar functional spinal units (FSUs) using a robot-based spine testing system.Journal of spinal disorders & techniques. 11/2014;
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ABSTRACT: The goal of the current study was to investigate potential differences in back and hip extensor muscle activity and hip extension force during prone hip extension (PHE) in individuals with lumbar segmental instability (LSI) and asymptomatic subjects. Thirty-six subjects with LSI and 26 asymptomatic volunteers participated in this study. Muscle activity of the erector spinae, gluteus maximus, and biceps femoris was recorded using electromyography (EMG), and hip extension force was measured by a digital force gauge. Muscle activity was significantly greater in subjects with LSI than in asymptomatic subjects during PHE (p < 0.05). Hip extension force was significantly lower in the subjects with LSI than in asymptomatic subjects during PHE (p < 0.05). These findings suggest that during PHE, subjects with LSI have differences in back and hip extensor muscle activity and hip extension force compared to asymptomatic individuals.Manual Therapy. 11/2014;