Does Cervical Spine Manipulation Reduce Pain in People with Degenerative Cervical Radiculopathy?
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Friday, December 02, 2016 12:00 AM
News Bite: Cervical radiculopathy, compression of a cervical nerve root, is a term used to describe neck pain with associated pain radiating into the arm.  In China the prevalence of cervical spondylosis was about 17% with 60 to 70% of them experiencing radiculopathy.  This study looked at three randomized control trials and a moderate level evidence to support the immediate effectiveness of cervical spine manipulation in treating people with cervical radiculopathy.   

Degenerative cervical radiculopathy is a frequent impairment owing to compression of a cervical nerve root, a term used to describe neck pain associated with pain radiating into the arm (cervicobrachial pain).  As the best known type of cervical spondylosis, cervical radiculopathy is often induced by osteophytosis, cervical interverbral disc herniation. In China, the prevalence of cervical spondylosis was 17.3%, and a high percentage of 60% to 70% of patients were occupied by cervical radiculopathy.

Treatment of cervical radiculopathy is often managed through conservative therapies. In the world, many patients with cervical radiculopathy are increasingly turning to specific conservative treatments, including cervical spine manipulation, to relieve their symptoms and reduce the side-effects of medications.

To access the effectiveness and safety of cervical spine manipulation for cervical radiculopathy.  Randomized controlled trials that investigated the effects of cervical manipulation compared with no treatment, placebo or conventional therapies on pain measurement in patients with degenerative cervical radiculopathy were searched. Three trials with 502 participants were included. There was moderate level evidence to support the immediate effectiveness of cervical spine manipulation in treating people with cervical radiculopathy.