Pericranial tenderness in females with episodic cervical headache

40 participants (20 with cervical headache, 20 asymptomatic) were assessed in this single-blinded trial. Tenderness was assessed in the suboccipital, temporal, frontal, masseter, upper trapezius, levator scapula, and sternocleidomastoid muscle insertions. Passive cervical mobility was also assessed, and headache pattern (intensity, frequency, and duration) were noted. Read more

Factors influencing osteopaths’ relationship with evidence based practice

370 respondents completed a version of the JQ37 questionnaire adapted for the osteopathic profession. Generally UK osteopaths were interested in improving the skills needed to implement evidence-based practice. However, respondents did not search databases for current literatue, or use available practice guidelines, believing guidelines to be inapplicable to osteopathic patients. Read more

Carpal tunnel ultrasonographic findings

The authors of a recent paper on electrodiagnostics and sonography suggest that carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common peripheral focal mononeuropathy. Demyelination of the median nerve at the wrist is the early underlying pathology, and ultrasonography can help differentiate carpal tunnel syndrome from radiculopathy and brachial plexus irritation. Read more