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Neck Pain | Manual Therapy and Augmented Exercise for Neck Pain

Neck Pain research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Manual therapy and exercise have shown to be beneficial for people with neck pain, however it is not clear how outcomes following a general exercise program compare to specific exercises intended to augment a specific manual/hands-on intervention. This study will compare outcomes following manual therapy and a specific exercise program with manual therapy and a general exercise program.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Subjects with complaint of neck pain, neck motion limitations, pain at end-range neck ROM, limited cervical/cervical and thoracic joint mobility, neck pain with manual segmental examination Exclusion Criteria: - The presence of any red flags (i.e. tumor, metabolic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, prolonged history of steroid use, signs and symptoms of vertebrobasilar insufficiency, etc.), use of blood thinners, whiplash injury in the past 6 weeks, evidence of central nervous system involvement (such as hyperreflexia, sensory disturbances in the hands, unsteadiness during walking, etc.), history of spinal surgery, workers compensation or pending legal action regarding their neck pain, insufficient English language skills to complete questionnaires, unable to comply with schedule

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Neck Pain

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:Augmented Exercise and Manual TherapySession 1 will include the manual therapy intervention to cervical and or thoracic regions. Subjects will perform the augmented exercise at home and at each data collection session.

Other:General Exercise and Manual TherapySession 1 will include the manual therapy intervention to cervical and or thoracic regions. Subjects will perform general range of motion exercises for the neck at home and at each data collection session.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Augmented Exercise and Manual TherapySubjects will receive manual therapy according to clinical guidelines followed by instruction in a specific exercise to augment the specific manual treatment provided.

General Exercise and Manual TherapySubjects will receive manual therapy according to clinical guidelines followed by instruction in a general neck range of motion exercise.

Study Status

Completed

Start Date: November 2011

Completed Date: June 2013

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional

Design:

Primary Outcome: Change in Neck Disability Index (NDI)

Secondary Outcome: Change in Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS)

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Shannon Petersen, DScPT

Lead Sponsor: Des Moines University

Collaborator: Walsh University

More information:https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01750736

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