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Articles  |   December 1997
Comparing psychotic and affective disorders by musculoskeletal structural examination
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Articles   |   December 1997
Comparing psychotic and affective disorders by musculoskeletal structural examination
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 1997, Vol. 97, 715. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1997.97.12.715
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 1997, Vol. 97, 715. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1997.97.12.715
Abstract

Groups of hospitalized patients with psychotic and affective disorders (N = 60) underwent musculoskeletal structural examination. Psychotic and affective disorders each tend to affect a different portion of the musculoskeletal system, with psychotic patients exhibiting increased musculoskeletal dysfunction in the lower extremities and affective-disorders patients exhibiting increased cervical and thoracic dysfunction. At the clinical level, the structural examination may be used to correlate psychiatric disorders with dysfunctional regions of the musculoskeletal system.