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Table 15 (abstract P34) Synthesis of studies reviewed

From: 5th National Congress of the Italian Society of Physiotherapy

Authors PEDro value N QTFS Intervention group Control group Outcome measures Results Follow-up
Sterling et al. (2009) 5/10 39 Grade II Spine manual therapy at C5- C6 spinal level: 3 sets of 1’ cervical lateral glide with 1’ rest between sets Manual contact at C5-C6 spinal level without movement Pressure Pain Threshold Thermal Pain Threshold NFR(threshold and VAS) Only NFR increased significantly Short term
Picelli et al. (2011) 7/10 18 Grade I- II Fascial Manipulation technique: 3- sessions (each 30’) every 5 days Daily training program including 20’ of neck mobilization exercises + 10’of neck muscle stretching: 10 sessions in 2 weeks Active cervical ROM Neck pain (VAS) Disability problems related to neck pain (NDI) Pression pain threshold (algometer) Only cervical ROM increased significantly 2 weeks
Antolinos-Campillo et al. (2013) 7/10 40 Grade I -II Suboccipital muscle inhibition for 4’ Active movement of the hip and knee joints on the opposite side for 4’ Elbow ROM during ULNT-1
Neck pain (VAS)
Free- pain grip strenght (dynamometer)
Only elbow ROM increased significantly Short term
  1. Table 16: QTFS Quebeck Task Force scale (Grade I: neck pain, stiffness or tenderness without physical signs; Grade II: neck complaint and musculoskeletal signs), NDI Neck Disability Index, VAS Visual Analog Scale, ULNT-1 Upper Limb Neurodynamic Test of the median nerve, NFR Nociceptive flexion reflex