Imaging and Back Pain

What’s This Research About?

There is a growing trend of medical professionals recognizing that there
is a large portion of the population that have anatomically degenerative
conditions in their body, but are asymptomatic. So is the presence of
degeneration a good warrant for surgical intervention? Should we consider
the degeneration “bad”, or should we start seeing it as normal and not running
after these people with a scalpel? These researchers searched the medical
databases to find the amount of asymptomatic people with degenerative
spinal conditions categorized out by age. The analysis was then going to be
used to serve as guidelines for surgeons as to when surgical intervention
might be advisable.

TITLE: Systematic Literature review of imaging features of spinal degeneration in asymptomatic populations.


PUBLICATION: American Journal of Neuroradiology

DATE: 2015

AUTHORS : W. Brinjikji, P Luetmer, B. Comstock, B.W. Bresnahan, L.E. Chen, R.A. Demo, S. Halabi, J.A. Turner, A.L Avins, K. James, J.T. Wald, D.F Kallmes, J.G. Jarvik.

Meta-analysis: Quantitative review of research results from multiple studies to derive conclusions on the collective body of research.

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Catherine brings to her role as a personal trainer a wealth of education and years of athletic experience with training in track and cross country running, gymnastics and rowing, boxing and yoga. She received a B.A. in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She also holds certifications in ACE, FMS I and II, PRI (Myokinematics, Respiration), Neuromuscular therapy, FRCms, and FR. As an athlete she sustained several injuries, which led her on the path to study and understand the body and the mechanisms of healing. "I was fascinated with everything I learned. Throughout college, I worked with USF athletes as an athletic trainer in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Soon I was able to transfer all of this knowledge into helping everyday people with their aches and pains." Her thirst for knowledge is never quenched and she continues to evolve her practice to stay up to date on the latest research and methods to help her clients with present injuries, pain, and best ways to acquire strength to maintain a healthy body. "I believe assessment is still key in starting with clients but stability, global strength and everyday movement are key to people's longevity, and quality of life. If people can slowly and systematically expose their bodies to different loads to gain strength and mobility they will better succeed to get the most out of their bodies." Learn more about Catherine Cowey.