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Muscle tissue changes in vertebrogenic myofascial syndromes


Asymmetrical electrical activity of paired deep segmentary (short) muscles of the back at the level of a vertebra rotation subluxation was found in 50 patients with early neurological thoracic column osteochondrosis (recorded with point electrodes). The proposed experimental simulation of spinal column osteochondrosis (rotation subluxation of the second thoracic vertebra in rabbit) establishes the presence of persistent tonic activity of the deep short paired back muscles at the level of the subluxation and exposes the dynamics of ultrastructural change in the muscle group. Persistent excitation irritation in that segment of the spinal cord and disorganization of deep short back muscle function are associated with over-stretching of richly innervated soft tissues of the same dislocating segment.

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Scientific-Research Laboratory Center, A. A. Bogomolets Medical Institute, Ukrainian Public Health Ministry, Kiev. Translated from Neirofiziologiya, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 298–306, May–June, 1992.

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Gongal'skii, V.V., Andreenko, T.V. Muscle tissue changes in vertebrogenic myofascial syndromes. Neurophysiology 24, 191–196 (1992).

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  • Spinal Cord
  • Muscle Tissue
  • Electrical Activity
  • Experimental Simulation
  • Muscle Group