Cervical Stairstep and Effects on Range of Motion (ROM) (CSEROM)

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified August 2008 by Logan College of Chiropractic.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : August 25, 2008
Last Update Posted : August 25, 2008
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Logan College of Chiropractic

Brief Summary:
Observe the effects of Cervical Stairstep on Cervical Spine Range of Motion

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Range of Motion, Articular Procedure: Cervical Stairstep Phase 1

Detailed Description:
The cervical spine can be affected in a number of ways due to its vulnerability to injury. These injuries can result from poor posture, sports or occupation and can lead to degenerative changes. Cervical range of motion (ROM) is also affected by these injuries. When active ROM is restricted, the injury is of muscular origin. Pain with passive ROM indicates ligamentous injury whereas restricted passive ROM indicates blockage within bone or soft tissue. The normal range of motion in the cervical spine is 80-90 degrees flexion, 70 degrees extension, 20-45 degrees lateral flexion and 90 degrees of rotation. A common mechanism of cervical spine injury is axial loading. Axial loading can create a buckling effect within the cervical spine and decrease its ability to move normally, creating a limited ROM.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of Cervical Stairstep on Cervical Range of Motion
Study Start Date : July 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 2008

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Experimental
Cervical low force mobilization procedure.
Procedure: Cervical Stairstep
Cervical low force mobilization procedure.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cervical Range of Motion [ Time Frame: Pre and post treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Neck Disability Index [ Time Frame: pre and post treatment ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • students and faculty between ages 18 and 50

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current neck pain (as measured by the Neck Disability Index (NDI) and utilizing Jackson's and maximal foraminal compression tests to assess for radiating symptoms)
  • severe recent head trauma
  • acute exacerbations within the past 3 months
  • known cervical disc problems
  • surgical fusions within the cervical spine
  • highly acute symptoms
  • a positive valsalva test
  • seizure disorder
  • analgesics
  • muscle relaxants
  • medications with effects on the musculoskeletal system
  • chiropractic manipulation within 48 hours of the study
  • Other exclusions can be made based on investigator judgment

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00741000

Contact: Mary Unger-Boyd, DC 636-230-2100 ext 1780

United States, Missouri
Logan University, College of Chiropractic Recruiting
Chesterfield, Missouri, United States, 63017
Sponsors and Collaborators
Logan College of Chiropractic

Responsible Party: Mary Unger-Boyd, DC, Logan College of Chiropractic Identifier: NCT00741000     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SR0331080127
First Posted: August 25, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 25, 2008
Last Verified: August 2008