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Case Reports & Case Series

Case Reports & Case Series: represent the most basic type of study design, in which researchers describe the experience of a single person (case report) or a group of people (case series). Case reports and case series describe individuals who develop a particular new disease or condition. Case reports & case series can provide compelling reading because they present a detailed account of the clinical experience of individual study subjects. Dr. Alex Jimenez discusses both as he conducts his own case studies and case reports.

Case-Series: is a descriptive study design and its just a series of cases of any particular disease or disease discrepancy that one might observe in a clinical practice. These cases are described to suggest at best a hypothesis. However,  there is no comparison group so there cannot be many conclusions about the disease or the disease process. Therefore, in terms of generating evidence regarding various aspects of a disease process this is more of a starting point.

Case Reports: In medicine, a case report is a scientific detailed documentation of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient. Case reports can contain a demographic profile of the patient, however, they usually describe an unusual occurrence. Case reports are the traditional method in medicine and scientific publication. Case reports describe and analyze the diagnosis and the management of one or two patients. This is the first line of evidence in health care. A case report is used to disseminate information on unusual clinical syndromes, disease associations, unusual side effects from certain therapies, or responses to certain forms of treatment. Case reports have been used for years as a means to teach health science students and can be a valuable learning experience for author and reader. They are well read, and easily accessible. For Answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900


Chronic Neck Pain | Understanding Cervical Instability

Chronic Neck Pain | Understanding Cervical Instability

Being involved in an automobile accident can cause damage or injury to the complex structures of the cervical spine which can go unnoticed for months if left untreated. Medically referred to as whiplash-associated disorders, or whiplash, symptoms resulting after an auto accident can often take days to even weeks or months to manifest. Persistent neck pain that lasts for more than 3 months then becomes chronic neck pain, an issue which can be difficult to manage if not treated accordingly. Chronic neck pain may also result due to other underlying issues. The following article demonstrates which types of treatment methods can help relieve chronic neck pain symptoms and its associated complications, including capsular ligament laxity and cervical instability.

 

Chronic Neck Pain: Making the Connection Between Capsular Ligament Laxity and Cervical Instability

 

Abstract

 

The use of conventional modalities for chronic neck pain remains debatable,

McKenzie Therapy and Endurance Exercises for Low Back Pain

McKenzie Therapy and Endurance Exercises for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a common complaint that generally goes away on its own, however, what should a person do if their LBP becomes chronic and/or persistent? How is an individual’s quality of life affected and how does their pain intensity impact their physical capacity? Is there any type of treatment which can help improve low back pain? Many different types of treatment options can be used to safely and effectively treat low back pain. The purpose of the following research study is to determine the influence of the McKenzie method and endurance exercises on low back pain. The article demonstrates evidence-based information on the improvement of the quality of life of patients with LBP after receiving the treatment protocol mentioned below.

 

Influence of Mckenzie Protocol and Two Modes of Endurance Exercises on Health-Related Quality of Life of Patients with Long-Term Mechanical Low Back Pain

 

Abstract

 

Introduction

 

Long-term

Assessment and Treatment of Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

Assessment and Treatment of Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

These assessment and treatment recommendations represent a synthesis of information derived from personal clinical experience and from the numerous sources which are cited, or are based on the work of researchers, clinicians and therapists who are named (Basmajian 1974, Cailliet 1962, Dvorak & Dvorak 1984, Fryette 1954, Greenman 1989, 1996, Janda 1983, Lewit 1992, 1999, Mennell 1964, Rolf 1977, Williams 1965).

 

Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

 

Assessment for Shortness of Sternocleidomastoid (see also Box 4.10)

 

Assessment for SCM is as for the scalenes – there is no absolute test for shortness but observation of posture (hyperlordotic neck, chin poked forward) and palpation of the degree of induration, fibrosis and trigger point activity can all alert to probable shortness of SCM. This is an accessory breathing muscle and, like the scalenes, will be shortened by inappropria

Impact of the McKenzie Method with METs for Low Back Pain

Impact of the McKenzie Method with METs for Low Back Pain

Muscular energy techniques, or METs, are considered to be some of the most valuable tools any healthcare professional can have and there are several reasons for it. METs have a wide application range and essential modifications can be made for each of them for a variety of injuries and/or conditions. Muscular energy techniques also represent an important aspect of rehabilitation. Furthermore, METs are both gentle and effective. But most importantly, METs actively involve the patient in the recovery process. Unlike other types of treatment therapies, the patient is involved in every step, contracting at the appropriate time, relaxing at the appropriate time, engaging in eye movement, and even breathing when instructed by the healthcare professional.

 

Muscular energy techniques have been used with other treatment modalities, such as the McKenzie method, to improve the outcome measures of injuries or conditions. The following research study demonstrates clinical and experiment

Evaluation of the McKenzie Method for Low Back Pain

Evaluation of the McKenzie Method for Low Back Pain

Acknowledging statistical data, low back pain can be the result of a variety of injuries and/or conditions affecting the lumbar spine and its surrounding structures. Most cases of low back pain, however, will resolve on their own in a matter of weeks. But when symptoms of low back pain become chronic, its essential for the affected individual to seek treatment from the most appropriate healthcare professional. The McKenzie method has been used by many healthcare specialists in the treatment of low back pain and its effects have been recorded widely throughout various research studies. The following two articles are being presented to evaluate the McKenzie method in the treatment of LBP in comparison to other types of treatment options.

 

Efficacy of the McKenzie Method in Patients With Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Protocol of Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

 

Presented Abstract

 

  • Background:
Pilates Chiropractor vs. McKenzie Chiropractor: Which is Better?

Pilates Chiropractor vs. McKenzie Chiropractor: Which is Better?

Low back pain, or LBP, is a very common condition which affects the lumbar spine, or the lower section of the spine. Approximately more than 3 million cases of LBP are diagnosed in the United States aline every year and about 80 percent of adults worldwide experience low back pain at some point during their lifetime. Low back pain is generally caused by injury to a muscle (strain) or ligament (sprain) or due to damage from a disease. Common causes of LBP include poor posture, lack of regular exercise, improper lifting, fracture, herniated discs and/or arthritis. Most cases of low back pain may often go away on their own, however, when LBP becomes chronic, it may be important to seek immediate medical attention. Two therapeutic methods have been utilized to improve LBP. The following article compares the effects of Pilates and McKenzie training on LBP.

 

A Comparison of the Effects of Pilates and McKenzie Training on Pain and General Health in Men with Chr

Chiropractic for Low Back Pain and Sciatica

Chiropractic for Low Back Pain and Sciatica

Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain and Low Back-Related Leg Complaints: A Literature Synthesis

 

Chiropractic care is a well-known complementary and alternative treatment option frequently used to diagnose, treat and prevent injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Spinal health issues are among some of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care, especially for low back pain and sciatica complaints. While there are many different types of treatments available to help improve low back pain and sciatica symptoms, many individuals will often prefer natural treatment options over the use of drugs/medications or surgical interventions. The following research study demonstrates a list of evidence-based chiropractic treatment methods and their effects towards improving a variety of spinal health issues.

 

Abstract

 

  • Objectives: The purpose of this project was to
 
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