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Back pain is one of the most common complaints for which people seek outpatient treatment. Yet, a striking rate of 45% of patients who suffer from any sort of back pain, tend to neglect it for more than 7 weeks. This often results in a delay of treatment. A majority of these people seek treatment for low back pain. Timely diagnosis and treatment can help to reduce the risk of surgeries. Modern tests like a digital spine analysis can greatly help in this regard.
Even today, X-ray, MRI and CT scans are used as diagnostic investigations. But there are certain conditions which do not appear in these scans. DSA offers an accurate diagnosis for these difficult, complicated cases.
What is Digital Spine Analysis?
Digital spine analysis (DSA) is a non-invasive test in order to measure the functioning of the spine.
The DSA is used for quantitative assessment strength, flexibility, and range of motions of the muscles supporting the spine.
DSA helps to specifically point towards the area of concern.
DSA is a fairly cost-effective technique to determine exact area of problem and in-turn helps your therapist to provide you appropriate spine rehabilitation therapy. This is called as target spine therapy (TST).
This therapy aims at treating only the weakened areas of the spine and correction of muscular imbalances.
The DSA up to some extent even helps to assess spine curvature and postural abnormalities. Furthermore, the treatment also aims at improvement of posture.
The DSA is used to assess not just spine problems, but also conditions involving other joints and their function and stability. Some conditions for which digital spine analysis can be conducted are:
Degenerative disc disease
Pain during the range of motion
Compression fracture pain
Sharp rib pain
Neck pain and stiffness
Hip and knee joint pain
Ankle pain and sprains
Foot and heel pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
A migraine and other headaches
How to use the DSA work?
Before beginning any treatment, a therapist will obtain a detailed medical history of the patient, including onset, duration, and progress of current compliant, past history and family history.
A history of previous medications should also be noted.
A complete physical examination is done to rule out any other underlying cause for pain.
Pain and functional disability before and after treatment are assessed.
The device has a seat and paddles attached. Each paddle is meant to assess muscle strength, stability, flexibility and range of motions.
A monitor is placed in front of the device which shows a graph-like reading for each range of movement.
A report is obtained after the test which gives you details about the functioning of your spine and other joints. Your reading is given in comparison to reference values.
In this way, the digital spine analysis helps in performing an accurate diagnosis. This in return helps our therapist to give you a tailor-made program to improve the functionality of specific muscles.
Serial assessment is done once during the course of treatment and once at the end of treatment to evaluate the effects of your customized physiotherapy.
The device-based therapy is ideally spread over 6 weeks including 18 sessions. The number of the session may be increased if required.
Although, digital spine analysis is a considerably new addition in the field of medicine, there are some researchers which speak positively about the role of DSA in the management of a wide number of clinical conditions.
A recent research conducted, showed that device-based therapy was found to improve functioning and reduce disability in patients having low back pain.
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Another case study suggested that in a 31-year old individual suffering from cervical lordosis had complaints of stabbing pain in the ribs, arthritis of neck and numbness/ tingling in both hands. Following appropriate therapy, the patient showed significant improvement in objective outcomes. DSA-based therapy focused specifically upon restoration of the spinal curve. It was also noticed that the patient’s spine had undergone reorganizations and symptoms.
Another case report suggested that, in a 6-year old patient who had learning and concentration difficulties, along with severe abdominal pain (diagnosed as an abdominal migraine), had shown marked improvement in concentration and an absolute absence of abdominal pain following DSA-based therapy.
On the contrary, another randomized controlled trial was conducted on military recruits. This study reported that device-based specific strengthening did not offer satisfactory results as compared to routine physiotherapy for managing low back pain.
In spite of all the positive case results as well as researchers conducted, there are no studies which have shown long-term use and results of device-based therapy. This area could be further studied and researched upon.