Spinal manipulation or mobilization for radiculopathy: a systematic review.
- ISSN: 10479651
- ISBN: 1558-1381 (Electronic) 1047-9651 (Linking)
- DOI: 10.1016/j.pmr.2010.11.002
- PubMed: 21292148
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.