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Back pain and spinal metastases: a case study

August 15, 2014

Chiropractors see many cases of acute low back pain in daily practice. Since the majority of these cases are suffering from mechanical back pain, it is easy to overlook more sinister, albeit rare, causes of this problem. One such problem is metastatic disease of the spine. Studies have shown that the spine is the most

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The missing pedicle: a radiodiagnostic challenge

August 13, 2014

The absence of a vertebral pedicle, regardless of location, always merits careful consideration. There are a variety of disease states in addition to intrinsic mechanisms which may influence the development of the spine and hence potentiate pedicular absence. Each of these diseases or processes must be considered when confronted by a missing pedicle. This paper

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Metastic bone disease secondary to breast cancer: an all too common cause of low back pain

July 14, 2014

Breast cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in women and will eventually affect 12 percent of the female population. Since 40% of patients with breast cancer develop musculoskeletal symptoms secondary to metastatic bone disease, the likelihood of patients presenting to chiropractic settings with this disorder is relatively high. The need for further

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