29-1 Adjunctive Therapies

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Dr. Brett Martin’s lecture on the efficacy of cold laser therapy for the treatment of tendinopathies...

Dr. Brett Martin’s lecture on the efficacy of cold laser therapy for the treatment of tendinopathies is a comprehensive insight into how this modality can be effectively utilized in various musculoskeletal conditions affecting the tendons. He discusses the different types of laser with respect to their power, penetration, wavelengths, and physiologic effects. He also discusses the comparison of cold laser therapy with other interventions and their therapeutic efficacy. Additionally, he cautions about certain contraindications and safety measures that should be observed when using cold laser therapy. There were five studies comparing the effects of NSAID therapy to laser therapy. The efficacy of both forms of treatment were virtually synonymous for pain reduction. However, the laser therapy group also potentiated tissue healing and repair.

Dr. Brynne Stainsby’s lecture on the clinical effects of vibration therapy provides the clinician with information on the various components of vibration therapy, the mechanism of its mechanical and physiologic effects on the nervous and musculoskeletal system. She covers the benefits in different populations and conditions that benefit from vibration therapy, and some of the contraindications and safety concerns.

Dr. Carlo Guadagno is our feature article author. He deals with a subject that is of critical importance to any clinician that has the occasion to treat an athlete whose sport involves forceful physical contact, or anyone who may have accidentally suffered head trauma. He covers the incidence, epidemiology, and symptoms associated with head trauma that may result in concussion, with particular attention to football injuries. He raises the caveat to never minimize a blow to the head, and the importance of striving to minimize occurrences leading to concussion. In order to accomplish the latter, he lists preventative measures that will facilitate this goal. His feature article also contains several therapeutic approaches in management of concussion injuries, and various methods of retraining the injured athlete.

Dr. Lisa Killinger follows up with several salient abstracts and commentaries on adjunctive therapies in neurogenic claudication, whiplash associated disorders, neck pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. The outcomes vary from improved outcome with the approaches to the neurogenic claudication, to limited effectiveness with respect to nerve gliding in carpal tunnel syndrome, and no effectiveness for neck pain when using heat, cold, diathermy, hydrotherapy, and ultrasound.

Vincent P. Lucido, DC, DACBO

In This Issue:

  • FEATURE ARTICLE: Concussion: Modalities for Assessment and Management
    A. Carlo Guadagno, DC, CCSP, ICCSP, FIC
    • Cold Laser Therapy: Overview and Efficacy for the Treatment of Tendinopathies
      Brett R. Martin, DC, MSAc
    • Whole Body Vibration
      Brynne Stainsby, BA, DC, FCCS(CA)
    Lisa Zaynab Killinger, DC
    • Clinical Outcomes for Neurogenic Claudication using a Multimodal Program for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Retrospective Study
    • Are Manual Therapies, Passive Physical Modalities, or Acupuncture Effective for the Management of Patients with Whiplash-Associated Disorder or Neck Pain and Associated Disorders? An Update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders by the OPTIMA Collaboration
    • Effectiveness of Nerve Gliding Exercises on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Systematic Review