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Westeinde Brachialgia Study (WEB)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00129714
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 12, 2005
Last Update Posted : April 24, 2012
Information provided by:
Medical Center Haaglanden

Brief Summary:
The Westeinde Brachialgia Study (WEB) is a randomized controlled trial to establish the effect of cervical collar or physiotherapy compared to a wait-and-see policy in patients with acute cervical radiculopathy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Radiculopathy, Cervical Other: cervical collar Other: physiotherapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Cervical radiculopathy caused by spondylosis or disc protrusion is a common disorder with a usually benign natural course. Often, physiotherapy (exercise programs) and/or cervical collar are prescribed. However, there are no reliable data on the effects of these conservative therapies.

In this study, patients with acute cervical radiculopathy, defined by clinical criteria, are randomized for cervical collar, physiotherapy or a wait-and-see policy.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 240 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Conservative Therapy in Cervical Radiculopathy
Study Start Date : August 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2007

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: wait and see
Experimental: collar Other: cervical collar
Experimental: physiotherapy Other: physiotherapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. pain and disability at 3 and 6 weeks and at 6 months

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. time back to work
  2. persistent signs and symptoms
  3. surgery

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Cervical radiculopathy defined by neck pain irradiating to one arm with at least one of the following: provocation by neck movements or sensory changes in one or more adjacent dermatomes or diminished deep tendon reflexes in the affected arm; or muscle weakness in one or more adjacent myotomes.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Arm pain existing longer than one month
  • Clinical signs of spinal cord compression
  • Previously treated with physiotherapy or a cervical collar

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00129714

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Meander Medical Center
Amersfoort, Netherlands
Medical Center Haaglanden
Den Haag, Netherlands, 2501CK
Groene Hart Ziekenhuis
Gouda, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical Center Haaglanden
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Study Chair: Jos TJ Tans, MD PhD Medical Center Haaglanden

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00129714    
Other Study ID Numbers: 542
First Posted: August 12, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 24, 2012
Last Verified: April 2012
Keywords provided by Medical Center Haaglanden:
cervical radiculopathy conservative treatment
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases