Allyson Ianuzzi

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Muscle spindles contribute to sensorimotor control by supplying feedback regarding muscle length and consequently information about joint position. While substantial study has been devoted to determining the position sensitivity of spindles in limb muscles, there appears to be no data on their sensitivity in the low back. We determined the relationship(More)
PURPOSE Lumbar spinal manipulation (SM) is a popular, effective treatment for low back pain but the physiological mechanisms remain elusive. During SM, mechanoreceptors innervating the facet joint capsule (FJC) may receive a novel stimulus, contributing to the neurophysiological benefits of SM. The biomechanics of SM and physiological axial rotations were(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT The lumbar facet joint capsule is innervated with nociceptors and mechanoreceptors, and is thought to play a role in low back pain as well as to function proprioceptively. PURPOSE In order to examine the facet capsule's potential proprioceptive role, relationships between intracapsular strain and relative spine position were examined.(More)
OBJECTIVE The lumbar facet joint capsule (FJC) is innervated with mechanically sensitive neurons and is thought to contribute to proprioception and pain. Biomechanical investigations of the FJC have commonly used human cadaveric spines, whereas combined biomechanical and neurophysiological studies have typically used nonhuman animal models. The purpose of(More)
This article reviews certain practical aspects of retrieval analysis for motion preserving spinal implants and periprosthetic tissues as an essential component of the overall revision strategy for these implants. At our institution, we established an international repository for motion-preserving spine implants in 2004. Our repository is currently open to(More)
High-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation (HVLA-SM) is an efficacious treatment for low back pain, although the physiological mechanisms underlying its effects remain elusive. The lumbar facet joint capsule (FJC) is innervated with mechanically sensitive neurons and it has been theorized that the neurophysiological benefits of HVLA-SM are partially(More)
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