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Roentgenographic Findings in the Cervical Spine in Asymptomatic Persons

Research Review: Roentgenographic findings in the cervical spine in asymptomatic persons: A ten-year follow-up.

By Amy Martinez DPT,  PT

Edited by David Boettcher MSc, BA, NASM CPT, PES & CES & NPTI

Edited by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS

Original Citation:

Gore, R. (2001). Roentgenographic findings in the cervical spine in asymptomatic persons: A ten-year follow-up. Spine, 26 (22), 2463-2466. -ABSTRACT

Introduction:

Research suggests that 20% of the population may experience neck pain at some point in their lives (1-4). Research has demonstrated correlation between neck pain and cervical malalignment (5), changes in scapular mechanics and alterations in activity of the trapezius and serratus anterior (8,9). This 2001 prospective study, by an American researcher, established a correlation between chronic neck pain, cervical spine subluxations and degenerative changes. The findings suggest cervical joint mobility should be assessed in those who exhibit signs of neck pain, cervical dysfunction and/or upper body dysfunction (UBD).

Study Summary

Study Desig

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Integrated Exercise Progressions

Integrated Exercise Progressions:

By Brent Brookbush, DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS

Introduction

For a comprehensive review of unstable load and surface training:

  • Stability Training

Function:

Integrated exercise progressions combine upper and lower extremity exercise into functional patterns with the intent of improving inter-muscular coordination and strength during whole body movement patterns. Although these progressions may not allow for enough load to maximize hypertrophy or strength sport performance, they are incredibly beneficial for field sports, improving functional strength, and may aid in optimizing movement patterns by targeting core subsystems. It is recommended that individual exercise progressions are practiced before they are combined into integrated movement patterns:

  • Chest/Pushing Progressions
  • Back/Pulling Progressions
  • Shoulder/Overhead Pressing Progressions
  • Legs/Triple Extension Progressions
  • Deadlift Progressions

Relative Flexibility Progression:

Relative flexibility progressions are general guidelines for exercise selection that ca

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