The efficacy of cervical lordosis rehabilitation for nerve root function and pain in cervical spondylotic radiculopathy: a randomized trial with 2-year follow-up

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Key Points

  1. Stretching the upper trapezius, scalenes, and neck extensors offered short-term improvement in pain and nerve root function to both groups in this study
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Cervical spine radiculopathy (CSR) is a disabling condition that has a negative impact on every aspect of a person’s life. The prevalence and incidence of CSR are variable between populations globally, and there are no standardized diagnostic criteria for CSR (1). There is general agreement that conservative therapy for CSR should be considered first, but what “conservative therapy” entails is not well established.

This study aimed to determine the impact of three-point bending traction compared to standard care in patients with lower CSR.

Cervical spine radiculopathy is a disabling condition that has a negative impact on every aspect of a person’s life.
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Both groups seemed to benefit from cervical range of motion or stretching (e.g. upper trapezius, scalene, and cervical extensor stretches).

METHODS

  • 30 people with lower CSR were randomized into a study group and a comparative control group. Both groups received standard care that included stretching exercises of the upper trapezius, the scalenes, and cervical extensor muscles, and infrared radiation.
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