The Effect of Directional Specific Thoracic Spine Mobilization on Cervical Spine Pain
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01917071|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 6, 2013
Last Update Posted : July 28, 2015
Hypothesis: There is no difference in directional specific manipulation of the thoracic spine for patients with neck pain.
Patients seeking physical therapy for neck pain routinely have their thoracic spine manipulated. This study seeks to determine if directional limitations in the spine can be specifically determined and treated to decrease neck pain.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Neck Pain||Other: thoracic spine manipulation||Not Applicable|
Manipulation of the thoracic spine is the most commonly used manual therapy intervention by manual therapists. It is not known whether we can accurately assess and treat directional limitations in the thoracic spine to improve neck pain.
One way is to assess where the limitation is and treat it. Another method is to distract the joint. We want to know if matching the limitation to the manipulation method will give patients with neck pain better results.
The patient lays on their back. The therapist places a hand on the inferior vertebrae of the motion segment. The patient relaxes and the therapist pushes in an anterior to posterior direction either moving the vertebrae into flexion or entension.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||60 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||The Effect of Directional Specific Thoracic Spine Mobilization on Cervial Spine Pain.|
|Study Start Date :||August 2013|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||January 2015|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||January 2015|
Experimental: Matched Group
Receives thoracic spine manipulation in the direction of motion limitation.
Other: thoracic spine manipulation
a manual technique applied to the mid back to promote motion
- Neck Disability Index [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]Objective, valid, reliable measure of function in patients with neck pain. Completed as a survey.
- Neck Pain [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]Selection of 0 to 10 level of pain.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01917071
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15221|
|Study Director:||Steve A Karas, DSc, PT||Chatham University|