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J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2017 Sep 22;30(5):1095-1101. doi: 10.3233/BMR-169718.

PNF and manual therapy treatment results of patients with cervical spine osteoarthritis.

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1
Clinic of Rehabilitation, Institute of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland.
2
Cracow Rehabilitation and Orthopedics Center, Krakow, Poland.
3
Department of Ergonomics and Exercise Physiology, Institute of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland.
4
Rehabilitation in Orthopaedics, Faculty of Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Rehabilitation, University School of Physical Education, Krakow, Poland.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of PNF and manual therapy methods in the treatment of patients with cervical spine osteoarthritis, especially their efficacy in reducing pain and improving functionality in everyday life. Long-term results were also compared in order to determine which method of treatment is more effective.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Eighty randomly selected females aged 45-65 were included in the study. They were randomly divided into two groups of 40 persons. One group received PNF treatment and the other received manual therapy (MAN.T). To evaluate functional capabilities, the Functional Rating Index was used. To evaluate changes in pain, a shortened version of the McGill Questionnaire was used.

RESULT:

The PNF group achieved a greater reduction in pain than the MAN.T group. The PNF group showed a greater improvement in performing daily activities such as sleeping, personal care, travelling, work, recreation, lifting, walking and standing as well as decreased intensity and frequency of pain compared to the MAN.T group.

CONCLUSION:

The PNF method proved to be more effective in both short (after two weeks) and long (after three months) term.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic pain; neck pain; rehabilitation

PMID:
28946528
PMCID:
PMC5814664
DOI:
10.3233/BMR-169718
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