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Deep Friction Massage for Intercostal Pain in Patients With Heart Disease

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
St. Olavs Hospital Identifier:
First received: February 28, 2013
Last updated: January 18, 2016
Last verified: January 2016

Studies show that chest pain is a common complaint presented in both general practice and in emergency units. Musculoskeletal causes are common, but frequently overlooked. No studies about treatment of chest pain from the intercostal muscles were found by search in medical literature databases. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of two different physical therapy interventions on intercostal pain in patients with stable heart disease.

The hypothesis was that deep friction massage combined with heat-pack is more effective than heat-pack only.

Condition Intervention
Heart Diseases
Other: heat-pack with massage
Other: heat-pack only

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Standard Heat-pack With or Without Deep Friction Massage for Intercostal Pain in Patients With Heart Disease

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Further study details as provided by St. Olavs Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • pain [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Analogue Scale (VAS) 0 to 100, where 0 is no pain and 100 intolerable pains

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • quality of life [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    Health-related Quality of life ( HRQL) was evaluated by the disease-specific instrument MacNew and the generic instrument SF-36

Enrollment: 29
Study Start Date: October 2003
Study Completion Date: October 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: heat-pack with massage
deep friction massage and standard heat-pack given a maximum of 8 treatments
Other: heat-pack with massage
Active Comparator: heatpack only
standard heat-pack given a maximum of 8 treatments
Other: heat-pack only


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • increasing chest pain during a cardiac rehabilitation class
  • stable coronary disease
  • new re-vascularisation is not planned

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unstable coronary disease
  • not able to perform the study
  • abuse of drugs or alcohol
  • participating in other ongoing study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01803529

St Olavs University Hospital
Trondheim, Norway
Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Olavs Hospital
Study Director: Stig A Slørdahl, md prof St Olavs University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: St. Olavs Hospital Identifier: NCT01803529     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 066-03
Study First Received: February 28, 2013
Last Updated: January 18, 2016

Keywords provided by St. Olavs Hospital:
Intercostal Muscles
hot temperature

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017