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Neck Pain research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to test whether a physiotherapy intervention containing pain management, general training and specific neck exercises can improve function for patients with chronic neck pain.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - chronic neck pain for at least 6 months - reduced physical neck function (NDI minimum 10) - pain primarily in the neck region, - finished any medical /radiological examinations - able to read and understand Danish and - able to participate in the exercise program. Exclusion Criteria: - radiculopathies upper extremity - neurological deficits - in a process of examining for unknown pathology, - experimental medical treatment, - being in a unstable social situation - pregnancy - fractures - suffering from depression - other known coexisting medical conditions which would severely restrict participation in the exercise program

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

Neck Pain

Chronic Pain Syndrome

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:Education and trainingEducational sessions in pain management 4 times and treatment sessions including instructions in training and specific exercises 8 times

Behavioral:Pain managementEducational sessions in pain management 4 times

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.

Pain Management + TrainingEducation in pain management strategies and treatment sessions including instructions in neck exercises and aerobic training

Pain ManagementEducation in pain management strategies

Study Status


Start Date: January 2012

Completed Date: June 2016

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF36) - Physical Component Summary (PCS)

Secondary Outcome: craniocervical flexion test

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Birgit Juul-Kristensen, ph.d.

Lead Sponsor: University of Southern Denmark

Collaborator: Region of Southern Denmark

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