Neck mobilization treatment offers better outcomes for chronic neck pain patients

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Neck mobilization treatment offers better outcomes for chronic neck pain patients

Neck pain (NP) is a common complaint, and it has been shown that it can be improved by changing lifestyle, especially by adapting neck mobilization and routine physiotherapy.

To determine the efficacy of mobilization and routine physiotherapy on neck pain, the range of motion (ROM), neck disability and neck muscle endurance (NME), a study was conducted by Muhammad Nazim Farooq and colleagues in patients with mechanical neck pain.

The study was conducted among 68 patients with mechanical NP. Further, the patients were assigned in groups of 34-34 patients by using a computer-generated random sequence table. One group received the combined treatment of cervical mobilization with routine physiotherapy, and other received only routine physiotherapy. The baseline values for neck pain, ROM, neck disability and NME were noted before the treatment. The values were recorded by using visual analogue scale (VAS), universal goniometer, neck disability index (NDI) and neck flexor muscle endurance tests. After noting down the baseline values, every patient obtained ten treatment sessions for four weeks. At the end of four weeks, all the outcomes were re-recorded.

The pre- to post-treatment difference for all outcomes in both the groups were significantly explained by a paired t-test (p≤0.001). The independent t-test conducted in both groups revealed a statistically significant difference for pain, ROM, disability, and NME. All the differences were in favor of multi-modal mobilization group with the group difference of 1.57 cm for VAS, 6.06–8.24° for universal goniometer, 11.74 points for NDI and 18.45 s for NME tests.

Thus, the whole study suggests that the combined treatment of cervical mobilization with routine physiotherapy (multi-modal mobilization) is more effective in the mechanical NP treatment as compared to routine physiotherapy alone.

Source:

Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies

Link to the source:

www.bodyworkmovementtherapies.com/article/S1360-8592(17)30030-X/abstract

The original title of the article:

The effects of neck mobilization in patients with chronic neck pain: A randomized controlled trial

Authors:

Muhammad Nazim Farooq et al.

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Neck mobilization treatment, chronic neck pain

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