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  1. 1. The Mind/Muscle Connection: Diagnosing and Treating Chronic Pain Disorder Richard Gevirtz, Ph.D. CSPP @ Alliant International University San Diego, CA [email_address]
  2. 2. Collaborators <ul><li>David Hubbard, M.D. & Myopoint </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Berkoff, D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Sonja Banks, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Carol Lewis, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Walt McNulty, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Toni Cafaro, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Jeri Muse, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Janeen Armm, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Ali Oliviera, M.S., R.N. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Comparative Costs of Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, & Cancer to the U.S. Economy
  4. 4. Chronic Muscle Pain-Epidemiology <ul><li>Second only to common cold for medical treatment </li></ul><ul><li>75-80 million people seeking treatment( Bonica,1992) </li></ul><ul><li>550 million workdays lost </li></ul><ul><li>$147 billion dollars lost in direct and indirect costs ( Am. Assoc. Orthopedics, 1995) </li></ul><ul><li>$ 245 billion 2001 dollars </li></ul><ul><li>70% of workers compensation claims </li></ul><ul><li>35% of work-disabling injuries (Calif. Work comp Bull,1991) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Central vs. Peripheral Pain: A key differential diagnostic distinction <ul><li>It is necessary to form a hypothesis on the source or sources of pain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Central </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FM- Central allodynia or sensitization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CRPS- pain in a limb </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phantom limb pain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peripheral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Myofascial Pain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IBS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neuropathic Pain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combination </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Epidemiology-continued <ul><li>45 million ER visits per year (Swiontkowski & Chapman, 1995) </li></ul><ul><li>70 million physician visits/year (Hollbrook, 1991) </li></ul><ul><li>425 million visits to chiropractors and “alternative” providers , $4.0 billion (Eisenberg, 1993 ) </li></ul><ul><li>20% of general population( Magni,1993 ) </li></ul><ul><li>80% lifetime incidence ( Bonica, 1990 ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Narrative: <ul><li>Starting Anomalies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disconnect between Pain and sEMG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of viable biomedical models </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mind/muscle epidemiology and popular anecdotes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hubbard Connection (Neuro-Epistimologist) </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery of the Italian literature on sympathetic enervation of spindle </li></ul><ul><li>nEMG studies </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical successes </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Effect of a Short Educational Trigger Point Management Video on Pain Outcomes Oliveira, Gevirtz, & Hubbard (2005)In press, Spine <ul><li>126 Whiplash pts randomly assigned to video or normal ER tx </li></ul><ul><li>Groups well matched </li></ul><ul><li>Followed at 1,3 & 6 months </li></ul><ul><li>Video group(as compared to controls) showed good mastery of a content test on TPs (F( 1,124 )=262.2, Eta 2 =.9) </li></ul><ul><li>All ANOVAs and Chi 2 sig., p<.001 </li></ul>
  9. 9. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz
  10. 10. Short Form Musculoskeletal Function Assessment
  11. 11. Verbal Rating Scale
  12. 12. Chiropractic Visits
  13. 13. Physical Therapy Visits
  14. 14. MRIs
  15. 15. ER Visits
  16. 16. Urgent Care Visits
  17. 17. Taking Narcotics
  18. 18. Taking Muscle Relaxant
  19. 19. Wearing Neck Brace
  20. 20. Surgical Consultation
  21. 21. Cut Back Activities
  22. 22. Bed Rest
  23. 23. Number Missed Workdays Due to Injury
  24. 24. Primary Care Doctor Office Visits
  25. 25. Relationship between attribution of pain etiology and pain improvement
  26. 26. Why was a 12 minute video so effective in preventing chronic neck/head pain? <ul><li>Answer is the core of this talk </li></ul>12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz
  27. 27. Where Does the Pain Come From? <ul><li>Key question-seldom asked </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a strong central component? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the pain a neurological construction absent peripheral mechanisms? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence of central factors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seratonergic systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dopaminergic systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Antidepressant medication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Imaging studies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Small % of the variance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Muscle Fatigue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No evidence for byproducts which would indicate fatigue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peripheral Mechanisms- Trigger Points </li></ul>
  28. 28. Typical Diagnosis <ul><li>Cervical Strain </li></ul><ul><li>Lumbar Strain </li></ul><ul><li>Repetitive Strain Injury </li></ul><ul><li>Tension Headache </li></ul><ul><li>TMJ or TMD </li></ul><ul><li>Myofascial Pain Syndrome </li></ul>
  29. 29. Wait a minute here, Mr. Crumbley, maybe its not kidney stones after all!
  30. 30. Typical Misdiagnoses <ul><li>Ruptured or bulged disc </li></ul><ul><li>Pinched nerve </li></ul><ul><li>Carpal tunnel syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Tennis elbow </li></ul><ul><li>Bursitis </li></ul><ul><li>Thoracic Outlet Syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Depression (or other Psychiatric diagnosis) </li></ul><ul><li>Fibromyalgia </li></ul>
  31. 31. Etiological Theories <ul><li>Fatigue/Posture models </li></ul><ul><li>Inflamation models </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-lesion </li></ul><ul><li>Subtle metabolic abmormality </li></ul><ul><li>Trigger Points </li></ul>
  32. 33. Trigger Points (TrPs) I <ul><li>Trigger point is the sine qua non of Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) </li></ul><ul><li>Associated stiffness </li></ul><ul><li>Localized point tenderness in muscle </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulation produces local and referred pain </li></ul><ul><li>Often with a palpable taut band </li></ul>
  33. 34. TrPs II <ul><li>Twitch </li></ul><ul><li>Trigger because like a gun trigger is initiated with pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Produces pain in another place-(target) </li></ul>
  34. 35. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz
  35. 36. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz
  36. 38. Gerwin, R., Shannon, S., Hong, C., Hubbard, D. & Gevirtz, R. (1997) Interrater reliability in myofascial trigger point examination. Pain, 69 , 65-73.
  37. 40. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz
  38. 44. Myofascial Trigger Points Show Spontaneous Needle EMG Activity (Hubbard & Berkoff, 1993)
  39. 45. Effects of Curare on nEMG in TPs and Adjacent, (Non-tender) Sites TP nEMG Adjacent nEMG Pre Injection Post
  40. 46. The Effect of Phentolamine Injection on TP & Adjacent nEMG
  41. 47. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz Phentolamine effect on the spontaneous electrical activity of active loci in a myofascial trigger spot of rabbit skeletal muscle*1 .  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ,   Volume 79 , Issue 7 , Pages 790 - 794 J . Chen , S . Chen , T . Kuan , K . Chung , C . Hong
  42. 48. Clinical Efficacy of Phenoxybenzamine (Myotech)
  43. 49. Italian Spindle Studies <ul><li>Passatore, Deriu, Grassi, & Raotta (1996), J.Auton N.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Grassi, Deriu, & Passatore (1993) J. Physiology </li></ul><ul><li>Grassi, Deriu, Artusio, & Passatore (1993) Arch Ital Biol </li></ul><ul><li>Grassi & Passatore(1990) Functional Neurology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Found strong response in spindle could be elicited by sympathetic cervical nerve stimulation, abolished by alpha-adrenergic blockade, unaffected by sympathetically induced vasomotor changes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ These data suggest that, when the sympathetic nervous system is activated under physiological conditions, there is a marked depression of the stretch reflex which is independent of vasomotor changes and is probably due to decrease in sensitivity of muscle spindle afferents” (Grassi, Deriu, & Passatore, 1993, p.163) </li></ul></ul>
  44. 50. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz
  45. 51. Muscle Spindle
  46. 53. Partanen, J., J. of Physiology , 1999. The Fusimotor Theory Revisited . <ul><li>“… we have observed alpha-EPS ( end plate spikes ) coactivation and even independent EPS activation, not connected to muscle contraction.” </li></ul>
  47. 54. Spindles are sympathetically preparing for motor action
  48. 57. Trigger Point vs. Adjacent nEMGs across Conditions ) McNulty,W., Gevirtz,R.N., Hubbard, D., and Berkoff,G. (1994) Needle electromyographic evaluation of trigger point response to a psychological stressor. Psychophysiology ,31, (3), 313-316.
  49. 58. Trigger Point vs. Adjacent nEMG vs. Frontal sEMG Lewis, C. & Gevirtz, R.N, (1994) Needle Trigger Point and Surface EMG easurements of Psychophysiological Responses in Tension-Type Headache Patients , Biofeedback and Self-Regulation , 19, 274-275 (abstract)
  50. 59. Autogenic Relaxation Reduces Trigger Point Activity Banks, S., Jacobs, D., Gevirtz, R. & Hubbard, D. (1998) Effects of autogenic relaxation training on EMG activity in myofascial trigger points. Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain , 6, #4.
  51. 60. Video
  52. 61. Trigger point vs. Adjacent nEMG across Conditions Gadler, R. & Gevirtz, R.(1997) Evaluation of Needle Electromyographic Response to Emotional Stimuli Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 22 , 137 (abstract)
  53. 62.   nEMG Across Ergonomic & Stress Conditions Muse, J. & Gevirtz, R. (1999) The effects of a psychological stressor on nEMG activity while performing a typing task in good and poor ergonomic positions. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 24 (2) , 120 (abstract).
  54. 63. Cafaro, T.A., Gevirtz, R.N., Hubbard, D., & Harvey, M. (2001) The exploration of trigger point and heart rate variability excitation and recovery patterns in actors performing anger inhibition and anger expression. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 26 , 236(abstract).  
  55. 64. Personality Traits and Tp Worsening <ul><li>In 86 1st year graduate students, the Penn State Worry Questionnaire (among a number of other predictors)predicted trigger point worsening 2-3 months later over the course of increasing stress in an academic semester, r=.35, r 2 =.123 (Armm, Gevirtz, Hubbard, & Harpin, 1999) </li></ul>
  56. 65. Mediational Model of Muscle Pain Muscle Pain- Myofascial Pain- TP Pain TP or Spindle Spasm Pressure on Capsule Prolonged Sympathetic Activity Worry or FNE ongoing Overexertion Lack of Assertiveness Situations requiring self-assertion
  57. 66. Treatment
  58. 67. Insert Myopoint Video Here
  59. 71. Differential Diagnosis of FM and MPS (adapted from Schneider, 1995)
  60. 72. Differential (continued)
  61. 73. Treatment Considerations I <ul><li>Education/Attribution Shift </li></ul><ul><li>Use grid,video, articles,persuasion, diagrams, etc. to achieve shift in causal attribution </li></ul><ul><li>Physical management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accupressure, theracane, tennis balls, passive stretches, moist heat, spray and stretch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Injections (Phenoxybenzamine, botulinum toxin type A, dry needling </li></ul></ul>
  62. 74. Sharp Hospital Treatment Model I <ul><li>1992 to present </li></ul><ul><li>Average weekly census =225 patients (one of largest in world) </li></ul><ul><li>61% managed care, 33% workers’ compensation </li></ul><ul><li>67% reduction in following year health care costs </li></ul><ul><li>Despite average of 3.8 years disability, 67% returned to work </li></ul>
  63. 75. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz
  64. 76. Sharp Hospital Treatment Model II <ul><li>Muscle pain education/differential diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive coping </li></ul><ul><li>Physical coping/gentle stretching </li></ul><ul><li>Medication management </li></ul><ul><li>Use of interns </li></ul><ul><li>De-emphasize traditional psychological models </li></ul>
  65. 77. Treatment II: sEmg Biofeedback Techniques <ul><li>Muscle awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biofeedback, bilateral, symmetry, traps, frontal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Frontal EMG </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivated Low Arousal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facial Muscle Feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bi-lateral Trapezius Tx </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For Bracing or Splinting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For Symmetry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For Breathing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specific Muscle Placement </li></ul>
  66. 78. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz Leah 1 HF(.15-.4Hz) LF(.08-.14Hz) VLF(.001-.07Hz)
  67. 79. 12/20/09 Gevirtz Gevirtz L 4, Paced Breathing
  68. 82. Treatment Considerations III <ul><li>Breathing/relaxation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivated low arousal, breathing retraining, mindfulness techniques, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resonant Frequency Training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using awareness of muscle tension, try to remedy causal situation(seeing the big picture) </li></ul></ul>
  69. 83. Treatment Considerations IV <ul><li>Cognitive interventions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Since the model hypothesizes that persistent sympathetic activity (even if low level) stimulates activity in the TrPs, we now look for the “smoking cognitive gun”. This is likely to center around distorted self-schema such as: “I’m only a valid person if I am pleasing others”, or “If I am not perfect I am worthless”. </li></ul></ul>
  70. 84. Wrap-Up <ul><li>Summary of the arguments presented today </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Epidemiology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pathophysiology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implications: Mind/Body techniques should be the first line treatment for muscle pain disorders </li></ul>

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