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. 2002 Feb;7(1):31-8.
doi: 10.1054/math.2001.0429.

Effectiveness of Manipulative Physiotherapy for the Treatment of a Neurogenic Cervicobrachial Pain Syndrome: A Single Case Study -- Experimental Design

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Effectiveness of Manipulative Physiotherapy for the Treatment of a Neurogenic Cervicobrachial Pain Syndrome: A Single Case Study -- Experimental Design

I M Cowell et al. Man Ther. .

Abstract

A single case study ABC design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of manipulative physiotherapy in a 44-year-old woman with an 8-month history of neurogenic cervicobrachial pain. Clinical examination demonstrated significant signs of upper quadrant neural tissue mechanosensitivity indicating that neural tissue was the dominant tissue of origin for the subject's complaint of pain. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed correlating discal pathology at the C5/6 intersegmental level. The study involved a 4-week pre-assessment phase, a 4-week treatment phase and a 2-week home exercise phase. Functional disability was measured using the Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire and pain was assessed using the McGill Short Form Pain Questionnaire. Cervical motion was measured by a cervical range of motion device (CROM) and the range of shoulder abduction with a mediclino inclinometer. Manipulative physiotherapy treatment involved a cervical lateral glide mobilization technique. Following treatment, visual analysis revealed beneficial effects on pain, functional disability as well as cervical and shoulder mobility. These improvements were maintained over the home exercise phase and at 1-month follow-up. The single case limits generalization of the findings, but the results support previous studies in this area and gives further impetus to controlled clinical trials.

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