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Preventive Care of Chronic Cervical Pain and Disabilities

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: NCT00566930
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 4, 2007
Results First Posted : September 14, 2012
Last Update Posted : September 28, 2012
Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Martin Descarreaux, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Brief Summary:
The aim of this study is to determine which of tertiary prevention spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) or a home exercise program is the more efficient approach to reduce pain and increase functional capacity, quality of life and general health condition. To do so, 60 participants with chronic cervical pain, will be recruited and divided into 3 groups according to the intervention they will receive: control group, experimental group 1 who will receive preventive chiropractic care in the form of spinal manipulations and experimental group 2 will have to perform an individualized home exercise program on a daily basis. We hypothesize that a group of patient receiving SMT + a home exercise program will present less pain and functional disabilities over a 1 year period. The innovative value of this project is mainly related to the fact that it will generate new and potentially very useful data concerning the clinical significance of preventive chiropractic care. Moreover, such data will be beneficial to our profession as chiropractic makes a step towards prevention, wellness and public health.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neck Pain Other: spinal manipulation Other: Spinal manipulation + exercises Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 117 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Preventive Care of Chronic Cervical Pain and Disabilities; Comparison of Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Individualized Home Exercise Programs
Study Start Date : October 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2008

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Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: 1
Active Comparator: 2
spinal manipulation
Other: spinal manipulation
Monthly cervical spinal manipulation

Experimental: 3
Spinal manipulation + exercises
Other: Spinal manipulation + exercises
Monthly cervical spine manipulation and daily home exercises

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Neck Pain [ Time Frame: Up to 10 months ]
    Visual analog pain scale (score 0-10 cm; 0 being no neck pain and 10 extreme neck pain)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fear Avoidance Belief, Quality of Life, Range of Motion [ Time Frame: One year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults between 18 and 60 years old from the city and the surrounding Trois-Rivières with chronic cervical pain of non-traumatic origin (chronic or recurrent cervical pain that lasted at least 6 months)

Exclusion Criteria:

Exclusion criteria for the project are:

  • Surgery to the cervical spine
  • Neoplasms
  • Severe osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Hypertension
  • Referred pain in the cervical area
  • Central or peripheric nervous system dysfunction
  • Vascular disease
  • Treated cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammatory or infectious disease of the cervical spine
  • Metabolic or endocrine diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Specific rehabilitation training for the neck or already under manual therapy for neck pain
  • Patient suffering from dizziness, vertigo or headache suspected to be cervicogenic or of unknown origin will not be involved in the study.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00566930

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Canada, Quebec
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, G9A 1R2
Sponsors and Collaborators
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (FCER)
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Principal Investigator: Martin Descarreaux, PhD Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Martin Descarreaux, Professor, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Identifier: NCT00566930    
Other Study ID Numbers: Chronic cervical pain UQTR
FCER Grant #06-03-02
First Posted: December 4, 2007    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: September 14, 2012
Last Update Posted: September 28, 2012
Last Verified: September 2012
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neck Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms