alexa The effect of spinal immobilization on healthy volunteers.


Emergency Medicine: Open Access

Author(s): Chan D, Goldberg R, Tascone A, Harmon S, Chan L

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Abstract STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of standard spinal immobilization on a group of healthy volunteers with respect to induced pain and discomfort. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: University teaching hospital. TYPE OF PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-one healthy volunteers with no history of back disease. INTERVENTIONS: Subjects were placed in standard backboard immobilization for a 30-minute period. Number and severity of immediate and delayed symptoms were determined. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: One hundred percent of subjects developed pain within the immediate observation period. Occipital headache and sacral, lumbar, and mandibular pain were the most frequent symptoms. Fifty-five percent of subjects graded their symptoms as moderate to severe. Twenty-nine percent of subjects developed additional symptoms over the next 48 hours. CONCLUSION: Standard spinal immobilization may be a cause of pain in an otherwise healthy subject.
This article was published in Ann Emerg Med and referenced in Emergency Medicine: Open Access

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