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Preventive Care of Chronic Cervical Pain and Disabilities

This study has been completed.
Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Martin Descarreaux, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Identifier:
First received: November 30, 2007
Last updated: September 13, 2012
Last verified: September 2012
The aim of this study is to determine which of tertiary prevention spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) or a home exercise program is the more efficient approach to reduce pain and increase functional capacity, quality of life and general health condition. To do so, 60 participants with chronic cervical pain, will be recruited and divided into 3 groups according to the intervention they will receive: control group, experimental group 1 who will receive preventive chiropractic care in the form of spinal manipulations and experimental group 2 will have to perform an individualized home exercise program on a daily basis. We hypothesize that a group of patient receiving SMT + a home exercise program will present less pain and functional disabilities over a 1 year period. The innovative value of this project is mainly related to the fact that it will generate new and potentially very useful data concerning the clinical significance of preventive chiropractic care. Moreover, such data will be beneficial to our profession as chiropractic makes a step towards prevention, wellness and public health.

Condition Intervention
Neck Pain Other: spinal manipulation Other: Spinal manipulation + exercises

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Preventive Care of Chronic Cervical Pain and Disabilities; Comparison of Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Individualized Home Exercise Programs

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Further study details as provided by Martin Descarreaux, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Neck Pain [ Time Frame: Up to 10 months ]
    Visual analog pain scale (score 0-10 cm; 0 being no neck pain and 10 extreme neck pain)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Fear Avoidance Belief, Quality of Life, Range of Motion [ Time Frame: One year ]

Enrollment: 117
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: September 2008
Primary Completion Date: September 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: 1
Active Comparator: 2
spinal manipulation
Other: spinal manipulation
Monthly cervical spinal manipulation
Experimental: 3
Spinal manipulation + exercises
Other: Spinal manipulation + exercises
Monthly cervical spine manipulation and daily home exercises


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults between 18 and 60 years old from the city and the surrounding Trois-Rivières with chronic cervical pain of non-traumatic origin (chronic or recurrent cervical pain that lasted at least 6 months)

Exclusion Criteria:

Exclusion criteria for the project are:

  • Surgery to the cervical spine
  • Neoplasms
  • Severe osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Hypertension
  • Referred pain in the cervical area
  • Central or peripheric nervous system dysfunction
  • Vascular disease
  • Treated cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammatory or infectious disease of the cervical spine
  • Metabolic or endocrine diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Specific rehabilitation training for the neck or already under manual therapy for neck pain
  • Patient suffering from dizziness, vertigo or headache suspected to be cervicogenic or of unknown origin will not be involved in the study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00566930

Canada, Quebec
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, G9A 1R2
Sponsors and Collaborators
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER)
Principal Investigator: Martin Descarreaux, PhD Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Martin Descarreaux, Professor, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Identifier: NCT00566930     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Chronic cervical pain UQTR
FCER Grant #06-03-02
Study First Received: November 30, 2007
Results First Received: June 12, 2012
Last Updated: September 13, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neck Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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