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Headache. 2010 Feb;50(2):224-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2009.01550.x. Epub 2009 Oct 21.

Lack of efficacy of manual therapy in children and adolescents with suspected cervicogenic headache: results of a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, and blinded trial.

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Sozialpädiatrisches Zentrum, HELIOS Klinikum, Wuppertal, Germany.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Clinical trials concerning cervical spine manipulation and mobilization in children and adolescents with cervicogenic headache are lacking.

METHODS:

We performed a multicenter, prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, and blinded trial in 52 children and adolescents (21 boys, 31 girls) aged 7-15. After prospective baseline documentation for 2 months patients were either assigned to placebo or true manipulation with another 2-month follow-up. Main outcome measures were defined as: percentage of days with headache, total duration of headache, days with school absence due to headache, consume of analgesics, intensity of headache.

RESULTS:

We did not find a significant difference comparing the groups with placebo and true manipulation with respect to the defined main outcome measures.

CONCLUSIONS:

We were not able to show an efficacy of cervical spine manipulation in 52 children and adolescents.

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