One of the most interesting, emerging areas of chiropractic research is on the effects of spinal manipulation on sensorimotor integration. The results thus far in this area are promising, yet preliminary, paving the way for future investigation.  In the meantime, it is important to outline how impairment in SMI might be assessed clinically, particularly in the cervical spine - this was the objective of the paper reviewed this week (published in the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2017). Research in this area has most commonly looked at individuals with whiplash associated disorders (WAD). The authors of this review chose to look at idiopathic neck pain, as it presents more commonly in clinical practice. They focused on two main questions:
  1. What tests are used to assess cervical sensorimotor control in patients with idiopathic neck pain?
  2. Can sensorimotor control tests identify and quantify differences between patients with idiopathic neck pain and healthy individuals?
Sensorimotor Control