This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition cervical radiculopathy
Treatments sham traction, traction
Sponsor Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Start date September 2006
End date December 2007
Trial size 81 participants
Trial identifier NCT00695006, 5388642


To date, optimal strategies for the management of patients with Cervical Radiculopathy (CR) remain elusive. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of manual therapy, exercise, and cervical traction to manual therapy, exercise, and sham traction on pain, function and disability in patients with CR.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
(Sham Comparator)
Sham Traction
sham traction
Traction <5lbs
(Active Comparator)
Standard supine intermittent traction

Primary Outcomes

Neck Disability Index
time frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo
Patient Specific Functional Scale
time frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo
Numeric Pain Rating Scale
time frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo

Secondary Outcomes

Global Rating Of Change
time frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo
Body Diagram
time frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo
Fear Avoidance Belief Questionnaire
time frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo
time frame: 2wk, 4wk, 3mo, 6mo
Grip Strength
time frame: 2wk, 4wk

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 3 of 4 positive on CPR, 18-70yrs Exclusion Criteria: - history of previous cervical or thoracic spine surgery - bilateral upper extremity symptoms - signs or symptoms of UMN disease - medical "red flags"(tumor, fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, prolonged steroid use) - cervical spine injections (steroidal) in the past two weeks - current use of steroidal medication prescribed for their radiculopathy symptoms

Additional Information

Official title Manual Therapy, Exercise and Traction for Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy: A RCT
Principal investigator Ian A Young, PT
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2008.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.