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Thoracic Manipulation in Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified December 2011 by Spine and Sport, Georgia.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Virginia Commonwealth University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Spine and Sport, Georgia Identifier:
First received: December 16, 2011
Last updated: December 19, 2011
Last verified: December 2011
Hypothesis: The group of Cervical Radiculopathy patients receiving thoracic thrust manipulation will demonstrate immediate and short term significant clinically important changes in outcomes when compared to the sham manipulation group.

Condition Intervention
Cervical Radiculopathy
Procedure: Thrust Manipulation - Thoracic Spine
Procedure: Sham Manipulation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Immediate and Short Term Effects of Thoracic Manipulation in Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy

Further study details as provided by Spine and Sport, Georgia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Global Rating of Change [ Time Frame: Pre Treat, Immed, 48-72 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Perceived Improvement

  • Numeric Pain Rating Scale (Neck & Upper Extremity) [ Time Frame: Pre Treat, Immed, 48-72 hrs ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Neck Disability Index [ Time Frame: Pre Treat, Initial, 48-72 hours. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

  • Cervical Range of Motion [ Time Frame: Pre-treat, immediate post, 48-72 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Deep Neck Flexor Endurance [ Time Frame: Pre Treat, Immed, 48-72 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Numbness and Tingling Scale [ Time Frame: Pre Treat, Immed, 48-72 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Rating of distal paresthesia/numbness

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: September 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Thrust Manipulation -Thoracic Spine
Mid and Upper Thoracic Spine
Procedure: Thrust Manipulation - Thoracic Spine
Mid and Upper Thoracic Spine
Placebo Comparator: Sham Manipulation
Mid and Upper Thoracic Spine
Procedure: Sham Manipulation
Mid and Upper Thoracic Spine


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-65 yrs
  • 3 out 4 Items positive of Clinical Prediction Rule for Cervical Radiculopathy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of previous cervical or thoracic spine surgery
  • bilateral upper-extremity symptoms, signs or symptoms of upper motor neuron disease,
  • medical "red flags" (e.g., tumor, fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and prolonged steroid use).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01495728

United States, Georgia
Spine and Sport
Savannah, Georgia, United States, 31401
Sponsors and Collaborators
Spine and Sport, Georgia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Principal Investigator: Ian A Young, PT, DSc Spine and Sport
  More Information

Responsible Party: Spine and Sport, Georgia Identifier: NCT01495728     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: jacki2006 
Study First Received: December 16, 2011
Last Updated: December 19, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Spine and Sport, Georgia:
Cervical Radiculopathy
Neck Pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on December 07, 2016