Spinal Manipulation or Mobilization for Radiculopathy: A Systematic Review

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Abstract

In this systematic review, we present a comprehensive and up-to-date systematic review of the literature as it relates to the efficacy and effectiveness of spinal manipulation or mobilization in the management of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar-related extremity pain. There is moderate quality evidence that spinal manipulation is effective for the treatment of acute lumbar radiculopathy. The quality of evidence for chronic lumbar spine-related extremity symptoms and cervical spine-related extremity symptoms of any duration is low or very low. At present, no evidence exists for the treatment of thoracic radiculopathy. Future high-quality studies should address these conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-125
Number of pages21
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mobilization
  • Musculoskeletal manipulations
  • Peripheral nervous system diseases
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal manipulation

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