IJCRR - 5(7), April, 2013
CERVICAL TRACTION REDUCES PAIN AND DISABILITY IN PATIENTS WITH UNILATERAL CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY
Author: Subhash Chandra Rai, Ajith S., K.R. Bhagavan, Deepak Pinto
Background and purpose: Cervical radiculopathy is a common clinical diagnosis classified as a disorder of nerve root and is a pathologic process consisting of pain. A multitude of physical therapy intervention has been proposed to be effective in the management of cervical radiculopathy, including mechanical cervical traction, manipulation, therapeutic exercises and modalities. The aim of the study is to find out the effectiveness of cervical traction along with conventional therapy in the management of cervical radiculopathy. Study Design: Experimental
Materials and Methods: Subjects were assigned randomly to one of two groups, each group consisting of 15 subjects. Group I, received TENS and cervical neck exercise. Group II received TENS, cervical neck exercise and intermittent cervical traction. Pre post assessment is done by Neck disability index (NDI) and Visual analogue scale (VAS)
Results: The pre test evaluation showed that, there is no significant difference (P> 0.05) between the two groups for all the variables measured. The post-test evaluation of both groups showed a very high significance (P< 0.05) within the group for all the outcome measurements. A post-test comparison of measured variables, between the groups showed that the Group II demonstrated a statistically significant (P< 0.05) reduction in self rated pain and Neck Disability Index.
Conclusion: The authors concluded that, even though TENS and neck exercise are effective, the addition of intermittent cervical traction with TENS and exercise is even more effective in the management of cervical radiculopathy and that ICT should have a place in the management of cervical radiculopathy.
Keywords: Cervical radiculopathy, intermittent cervical traction, Conventional therapy
Subhash Chandra Rai, Ajith S., K.R. Bhagavan, Deepak Pinto. CERVICAL TRACTION REDUCES PAIN AND DISABILITY IN PATIENTS WITH UNILATERAL CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY International Journal of Current Research and Review. 5(7), April, 34-41
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