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Spinal Manipulation or Mobilization for Radiculopathy: A Systematic Review

Leininger B, Bronfort G, Evans R, Reiter T ...see all

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, vol. 22, issue 1 (2011) pp. 105-125

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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. ?? 2011 Elsevier Inc.

Author-supplied keywords

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

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Authors

  • Brent Leininger

  • Gert Bronfort

  • Roni Evans

  • Todd Reiter

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