Physio Intervention for Chronic Neck Pain?it works!

Reference:Taimela s, Takala E, Askiof T, Seppala K, Parviainen s 2000, Active treament of chronic neck pain. Spine 25: 1021-1027

This is a good quality study from Finland, published in the most reputable spinal journal that supports Physiotherapy intervention for chronic neck pain is effective.

76 Patients with non-specific neck pain lasting longer than three months were randomly allocated to three groups.

Group #1: PT intervention, which included:

i) Cervical stabilization exercises
ii) Relaxation treatment
iii) Eye fixation exercises
iv) Postural control retraining and
v) Behavioural support

Treatment was provided for 2X/week (45 min each session) for 12 weeks.

Group #2: Home exercises only

Group #3: Advice only

Result:At 3 and 12 months follow-up, the Physiotherapy intervention group reported SIGNIFICANTLY greater benefit than the other two groups.

Study Conclusion: Physiotherapy treatment was more effective than home exercises or advice alone in improving self-perceived benefit in patients with chronic neck pain.

Posted on: July 21, 2002

Categories: Cervical Spine

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