Presentation on theme: "PATHOLOGY Degenerative changes in the lumbar spine disc degeneration vertebral compression deformities ligamentous laxity deterioration of facet joint."— Presentation transcript:
PATHOLOGY Degenerative changes in the lumbar spine disc degeneration vertebral compression deformities ligamentous laxity deterioration of facet joint cartilage May cause instability and subluxation of one vertebra on another (degenerative spondylolisthesis )
PATHOLOGY Backward slippage (retrolisthesis) is generally believed to be asymptomatic and of little clinical significance. Forward slippage (anterolisthesis) may result in narrowing of vertebral canal and neural foramina (spinal stenosis) leading to development of chronic back pain (with or without leg pain). Compression of L5 spinal nerve may be involved.
PATHOLOGY When LS joint is particularly stable, L4 and L5 are more vulnerable to stress forces. If degenerative changes have occurred, anterolisthesis at L4 is more likely. Clinical symptoms associated with anterior subluxation at L4-L580% at L3-L410-20%
PATHOLOGY Spinal stenosis symptoms: back pain progressing to leg pain functional independence deteriorates reduced ability to walk reduced ability to carry out ADLs Symptoms often episodic, no natural resolution over time
EPIDEMIOLOGY Several clinical and cadaveric studies suggest that anterolisthesis is 5 times more common in women vs men 2-4 times more common in blacks than whites 4 times more prevalent in diabetics 3 times more common in oophorectomized women compared to controls
Prevalence of lumbar listhesis (L3-S1) in elderly white women (SOF) p for trend = 0.027 p for trend = 0.75 listhesis defined as subluxation > 3mm
CLINICAL RELATIONSHIPS Relationship between radiographic abnormalities and spinal symptoms is unclear. People with no back pain show disc abnormalities (64%), stenosis (7%) and anterolisthesis (7%) (Boden, JBJS 1990, Jensen NEJM 1994 ). Not known whether people with sub-clinical disease later develop symptoms.
Veteran’s Health Study % of cohort n= 428 men Selim, et al. Spine 1998
Veteran’s Health Study Selim, et al. Spine 1998
SF-36 scores for men with LBP enrolled in the Veteran’s Health Study Score p for trend <0.05 for all domains Selim, et al. Spine 1998
Distribution of lower back and leg pain symptoms w/in last month among white WHI women aged 50 years and older n=295n=182n=47n=49 Vogt et al. J Gerontol 2002
SF-36 scores for white women enrolled in WHI (adjusted for age and BMI ) Score Vogt et al. J Gerontol 2002
Relationship of race to prevalence and use of health care resources for LBP Random digit dialing + structured interview 4,437 households in NC 8067 individuals Carey, et al, Spine 1996
Relationship of race to prevalence and use of health care resources for LBP Cohort study, random group of health care providers Carey, et al, 2000
Elderly African American women (SOF) reporting back pain during previous four weeks no LBP mild LBP moderate LBP severe LBP N=470
Back/leg symptoms in women aged 65 years and older during month prior to clinic visit (white women enrolled in WHISTEN, black women enrolled in SLIP)
Prevalence of lumbar listhesis (L3-S1) in black elderly women by age p for trend = 0.095 p for trend = 0.207 listhesis defined as subluxation > 3mm
% prevalence of listhesis among women 65 years and older Vogt, et al, The Spine J 2002
Effect of back pain & leg pain on daily life of black women during previous month Odds ratio expressed as age-adj odds ratio using back pain only as the reference - all p<0.001 Vogt, et al, The Spine J 2002
PREVENTION Because most people experience LBP during their lifetime, the distinction between primary and secondary prevention is blurred. which interventions can prevent occurrence of LBP? which interventions can prevent development of chronic LBP?
PREVENTION Evidence-based medicine categories Level A - strong consistent - multiple RCTs Level B - moderate - one RCT + multiple CCTs Level C - limited - one CCT Level D - no evidence
PREVENTION Lumbar supports provide support remind to lift properly intra-abdom pressure and intradiscal pressure RCTs negative CCTs positive – reduce incidence of LBP and back injury Level A - ve
PREVENTION Back Schools and Education provide knowledge about body mechanics, stress, exercise aim to influence behavior 9 RCTs - most are negative 5 CCTs - positive Level A -ve
PREVENTION Exercises strengthen back muscles increase blood supply improve mood and alter perception of pain 6 RCTs – reduced pain and sick leave Level A + ve
PREVENTION Ergonomics job related interventions No RCTs or CCTs Level D - ve
PREVENTION Risk Factor Modification individual (weight, strength, smoking) biomechanical (lifting, posture) psychosocial (job control, job dissatisfaction, depression) No RCTs or CCTs Level D - ve
Review of 47 epidemiologic studies concluded that smoking may be a ‘weak risk indicator and not a cause of low back pain’ Le-Bouef-Yde Spine 1999 Smoking may have a systemic effect on the musculoskeletal system - associated with generalized pain. Biological basis unknown - neuroendocrine effect?
Decrement in SF-36 scores (compared to age-sex specific norms) for patients with spinal problems by smoking status SF-36 score Vogt, et al, Spine 2002
PREVENTION Currently only exercise seems to be helpful in prevention of LBP. Consistent evidence – Level A. Linton, van Tulder, Spine 2001
PREVENTION Why the disappointing results? small studies, low power, short follow-up, variation in intervention, varying outcome natural course of back pain, hard to define and categorize, multi-factorial causation single modal programs studied mostly, maybe multi-dimensional approach needed timing, compliance