Digital videofluoroscopy and the vacuum phenomenon

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Authors: Breen, A., Peterson, C., Ellis, R. and Kondracki, M.

Journal: Journal of Manual Medicine

Volume: 6

Issue: 6

Pages: 208-211

ISSN: 0935-6339

The dynamic behaviour of a vacuum phenomenon at the L4/5 disc level in a patient with back pain was seen by digital videofluoroscopy. Detailed motion analysis in this 57-year-old female patient with back pain revealed a stable spine with hypomobility in sidebending at the L4/5 level. The presence of the vacuum phenomenon contributed little, if anything, to appreciation of the mechanical components of this patient's back pain. Its contribution as a mechanical indicator is questioned.

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