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Spinal Manipulation or Mobilization for Radiculopathy: A Systematic Review

by Brent Leininger, Gert Bronfort, Roni Evans, Todd Reiter
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America ()

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. ?? 2011 Elsevier Inc.

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