PT or cervical collar for cervical radiculopathy?

J Fam Pract. 2010 May;59(5):269-72.


To shorten recovery time for adults with acute cervical radiculopathy, recommend either physical therapy (PT) and a home exercise plan or a cervical collar and rest. Both are more effective than a wait-and-see strategy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immobilization / instrumentation*
  • Orthotic Devices* / economics
  • Physical Therapy Modalities* / economics
  • Radiculopathy / therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Rest


  • Analgesics