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Zhejiang Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2015 Mar;44(2):124-30, 137.

[Effect of spinal manipulation on brain functional activity in patients with lumbar disc herniation].

[Article in Chinese]

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1
1.Shi's Center of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Shuguang Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China; 2.Institute of Traumatology & Orthopedics, Shanghai Academy of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China;
2
College of Computer Science and Technology, Fudan University, Shanghai 201203, China;
3
Department of Radiology, Shuguang Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China;
4
Institute of Tuina Affiliated to Shanghai Academy of TCM, Shanghai 200437, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effects of spinal manipulation (SM) on brain functional activity in patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH).

METHODS:

Eleven patients with LDH were recruited in the study. All patients received 6 times of lumbar SM treatment and then clinical efficacy was evaluated. All patients received brain functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans before and after SM treatment.

RESULTS:

Three subjects dropped out and 8 subjects completed the study, among whom 4 cases were effective and 4 ineffective after SM treatment. The required pressure value producing the same level (VAS 50) pain was (7.43 ± 1.47) kg and (10.53 ± 0.55) kg before and after SM treatment in effective patients(P<0.05); however, there was no significant difference in ineffective patients (P>0.05). Compared to pre-treatment level, the brain functional activity in effective patients was mainly inhibited, the inhibited areas were located in the right side of prefrontal cortex and cerebellum; while the brain functional activity was generally enhanced in ineffective patients.

CONCLUSION:

SM can affect the brain functional activity of patients with LDH, the inhibited areas is mainly located in prefrontal cortex and cerebellum when SM treatment is effective.

PMID:
26038129
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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