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A discussion of the clinical challenge of cervical artery dissection that presents with pain as the only symptom.
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SYNOPSIS: This clinical commentary provides evidence-based information regarding adverse cerebrovascular events in the context of manual therapy assessment and management of the cervical spine. Its aim is to facilitate clinical decision making during diagnosis and treatment of patients presenting to the therapist with cervicocranial pain. Rather than focusing on a traditional view of premanipulative testing as the cornerstone for decision making, we present information concerning the clinical presentation of specific vascular conditions. Additionally, we discuss the assessment and management of musculoskeletal pain in the presence of risk factors for cerebrovascular accident. It is proposed that vascular "red flag" presentations mimic neuromusculoskeletal cervicocranial syndromes. Invariably, the 2 conditions coexist. This reasoning presupposes that some patients who have poor clinical outcomes, or a serious adverse response to treatment, may be those who actually present with undiagnosed vascular pathology. We use 2 case reports to demonstrate how incorporating vascular knowledge into clinical reasoning processes may influence clinical decision making.
- “Spontaneous cervicocephalic arterial dissection with headache and neck pain as the only symptom,” an article in J Headache Pain, 2012.
- “Pain as the only symptom of cervical artery dissection,” an article in J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 2006.
These five articles on PainScience.com cite Kerry 2009 as a source:
- PS Complete Guide to Headaches — Detailed, readable self-help for tension headaches and other common musculoskeletal headaches
- PS Save Yourself from Neck Pain! — A complete guide to chronic neck pain and the disturbing sensation of a “crick”
- PS What Happened To My Barber? — Either atlantoaxial instability or vertebrobasilar insufficiency causes severe dizziness and vomiting after massage therapy, with lessons for health care consumers
- PS Does Spinal Manipulation Work? — Spinal manipulation, adjustment, and popping of the spinal joints and the subluxation theory of disease, back pain and neck pain
- PS When to Worry About Neck Pain … and when not to! — Tips, checklists, and non-scary possible explanations for neck pain
This page is part of the PainScience BIBLIOGRAPHY, which contains plain language summaries of thousands of scientific papers & others sources. It’s like a highly specialized blog. A few highlights:
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- Agreement of self-reported items and clinically assessed nerve root involvement (or sciatica) in a primary care setting. Konstantinou 2012 Eur Spine J.
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- Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Paige 2017 JAMA.