Randomized Controlled Trial of Chiropractic Manipulation Versus Medical Therapy for Chronic Neck Pain
The purpose of this study is to determine whether chiropractic manipulation or medical therapy is effective in the treatment of chronic neck pain.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Randomized Controlled Trial of Chiropractic Manipulation Versus Medical Therapy for Chronic Neck Pain|
- Neck Disability Index scale 0-30, clinically significant difference is a change greater than or equal to 5
|Study Start Date:||September 1994|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Neck pain is a common complaint, approximately 10% of the population have neck pain. Many modalities are used to treat neck pain, but no therapy has been found to be clearly superior. We conducted a randomized controlled study of chiropractic manipulation versus medical therapy for chronic neck pain.
Subjects (n=70) with neck pain for more than 3 months but with no evidence of radiculopathy or myelopathy were randomized. Both groups were instructed to do neck exercises and use heat daily. The chiropractic group received 12 standardized manipulations over 6 weeks. Nurses saw the medical group on the same visit schedule and received acetaminophen 1,000 milligrams four times a day as needed. Blinded observer performed all measurements. The primary outcome measure was the Neck Disability Index (NDI). Secondary measures were pain via a visual analogue scale, global via Medical Outcome Study Short Form and range of motion via Cybex electronic inclinometer.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00429624
|United States, Colorado|
|University of Colorado Health Sciences Center|
|Denver, Colorado, United States, 80262|
|Principal Investigator:||David J Tanaka, M.D.||University of Colorado, Denver|