A 2017 study 1 determined that fast-walking and slow running can strengthen the intervertebral disc. While it was previously assumed that the metabolism in intervertebral discs (IVD) was not responsive enough to make any substantial changes over the course of a human lifetime, the new study demonstrates that moderately-paced walking or running can improve IVD […]
We created a piece of art for Sekisui Diagnostics who produce biological testing kits. This kit is for syphillis, which is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. We used reference electron micrographs to build accurate replicas, and disperse...
A 2012 review 1 concerning facet joint osteoarthritis (FJ OA) explicates the current understanding of the ailment and concurs with the widely-held view that OA represents a failure of the entire facet joint, rather than only the facet joint cartilage. About Osteoarthritis (OA) Spinal OA occurs in the facet or zygapophyseal joints—paired joints at […]
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This 3D model by Alpha Tauri 3D depicts the presence of Helicobacter pylori [...]
Lumbar traction – alone, or in combination with physical therapy – has been employed for decades as a therapeutic measure in treating back pain. Numerous studies have shown that the procedure stretches muscles and ligaments, increases intervertebral space, and enlarges the foramina and apophyseal joints, but the effects of traction on herniated lumbar discs and […]
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We created a piece of art for Pint of Science which is an international organisation which brings together detailed science talks on a wide range of cutting-edge research, in an informal pub setting, with plenty of beer. We used data from the Protein Data Bank to build an illustration showing the battle between a tumour and [...]
Frequent heavy lifting can be a major contributing factor in lower back pain (LBP), but researchers disagree when it comes to the most effective lifting mechanism to reduce spinal loads and avoid injury. While the adage, “Lift from the legs, not from the back,” sounds like good advice, recent study findings 1 suggest the benefits […]
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Chronic lower back pain (LBP) is a frequently-reported disability worldwide and may contribute to anxiety and depression when it interferes with a person’s overall quality of life. While some LBP resolves within a matter of weeks or months, patients who experience long-term or chronic LBP are more likely to report accompanying psychological distress, including symptoms […]
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Lumbar medial branch radiofrequency neurotomy (RFN), a common treatment for zygapophyseal joint pain, may be therapeutically ineffective and could contribute to disc degeneration, according to a recent study, 1 which considered the therapeutic and/or potentially negative effects of the procedure on the lumbar multifidus muscle cross-sectional area (CSA), including facet joint degeneration, or intervertebral disc […]
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