Exercise as Treatment of Neck Pain Among Helicopter Pilots and Crew Members
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01926262|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 20, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2015
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|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Neck Pain Shoulder Pain||Behavioral: Specific Strength Training||Phase 2|
Military helicopter pilots and crewmembers is often burdened by work-related neck and shoulder pain. Neck pain is a health challenge, that can reduce functional level, concentration and operational safety. Physical exercise has shown good efficacy in reducing neck/shoulder pain in other occupational groups in previous studies.
The Royal Danish Air Force and the University of Southern Denmark, wishes to examine whether specific physical exercise can prevent and reduce neck/shoulder pain within this occupational group.
Participants in this project will be randomly selected to either a physical exercise group or a reference group.
- The physical exercise group will follow a training program targeted neck and shoulder muscles and train 1 hour per week (3 x 20 min) for 26 weeks.
- The reference group will continue normal routines, including workout routines. They will later be offered the same training program as the Physical Exercise group provided that training has a positive effect.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||69 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)|
|Primary Purpose:||Basic Science|
|Official Title:||Physical Exercise Against Neck and Shoulder Pain in Danish Military Helicopter Pilots and Crewmembers - A Clinical Randomized, Controlled Trail|
|Study Start Date :||November 2013|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||April 2014|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||April 2014|
Experimental: Physical Exercise Group
Specific Strength Training for the Neck and Shoulder muscles
Behavioral: Specific Strength Training
Specific Strength Training for the Neck and Shoulder Muscles
No Intervention: Reference group
No Specific Strength Training
- Neck and shoulder pain [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Neck pain will be assessed as self-rated pain on a 10 point scale by questionnaire at baseline and follow-up after 6 months
- Pressure-Pain-Threshold [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Pressure-Pain-Threshold will be assessed at baseline and follow-up after 6 months
- Muscle strength and steadiness [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Muscle strength and steadiness will be quantified by force transducers at baseline and follow-up after 6 months
- Postural stability [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Postural stability will be assessed at baseline and follow-up after 6 months
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|Ages Eligible for Study:||18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)|
|Sexes Eligible for Study:||All|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers:||Yes|
- Employed within the Royal Danish Air Force
- Helicopter pilot
- Crewmember (Flight engineer, Rescue swimmer or Mission System Operator)
- Flown within the past 6 months
- Grounded at time of inclusion
- Participated in a training intervention within the past 12 months
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01926262
|Hilicopter Wing Karup|
|Karup, Denmark, 7470|
|Study Director:||Gisela Sjøgaard, Professor.,||University of Southern Denmark|
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|Responsible Party:||Mike Murray, MSc, University of Southern Denmark|
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|First Posted:||August 20, 2013 Key Record Dates|
|Last Update Posted:||December 2, 2015|
|Last Verified:||December 2015|
Pain, Neck, Exercise, Pilots, Crewmembers,