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Manual Therapy, Exercise and Traction for Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy: A RCT

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Identifier:
First received: June 9, 2008
Last updated: June 24, 2008
Last verified: June 2008
To date, optimal strategies for the management of patients with Cervical Radiculopathy (CR) remain elusive. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of manual therapy, exercise, and cervical traction to manual therapy, exercise, and sham traction on pain, function and disability in patients with CR.

Condition Intervention
Cervical Radiculopathy
Other: Sham Traction
Other: Traction

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Manual Therapy, Exercise and Traction for Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy: A RCT

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Further study details as provided by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Neck Disability Index [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Patient Specific Functional Scale [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Numeric Pain Rating Scale [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Global Rating Of Change [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Body Diagram [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Fear Avoidance Belief Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Satisfaction [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Grip Strength [ Time Frame: 2wk, 4wk ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 81
Study Start Date: September 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Sham Comparator: II
Sham Traction
Other: Sham Traction
Traction <5lbs
Active Comparator: I
Other: Traction
Standard supine intermittent traction


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 3 of 4 positive on CPR, 18-70yrs

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of previous cervical or thoracic spine surgery
  • bilateral upper extremity symptoms
  • signs or symptoms of UMN disease
  • medical "red flags"(tumor, fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, prolonged steroid use)
  • cervical spine injections (steroidal) in the past two weeks
  • current use of steroidal medication prescribed for their radiculopathy symptoms
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00695006

United States, Virginia
Advance Rehab at Fredericksburg Orthopaedics
Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States, 22401
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Principal Investigator: Ian A Young, PT Advance Rehab at Fredericksburg Orthopaedics
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ian Young, Advance Rehab Identifier: NCT00695006     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5388642 
Study First Received: June 9, 2008
Last Updated: June 24, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions:
manual therapy, cervical traction, cervical radiculopathy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on January 17, 2017