The effectiveness of slider and tensioner neural mobilization techniques in the management of upper quadrant pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials

Review written by Dr Sarah Haag info

Key Points

  1. Neural mobilization seems to be effective in reducing pain for carpal tunnel syndrome and cervical radiculopathy.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Neural mobilization (NM) is a commonly used intervention to treat people with a variety of musculoskeletal complaints. Sliders and tensioners are two types of NM that can be applied to many different musculoskeletal complaints, though there is a more robust body of evidence to support their use in lower extremity conditions.

The aim of this systematic review was to summarize the available evidence regarding the use of slider and tensioner NM in the management of upper quadrant pain (UQP).

Neural mobilization is a commonly used intervention to treat people with a variety of musculoskeletal complaints.
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This paper suggests that sliders provided more analgesic effect on acute pain and tensioners provided more analgesic effect on chronic pain.

METHODS

  • The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines were used to conduct this research. A comprehensive search was performed to identify randomized controlled trials evaluating slider or tensioner NM techniques in adult patients targeting UQP.
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