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Neck-Related Physical Function, Self-Efficacy, and Coping Strategies in Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy : A Randomized Clinical Trial of Postoperative Physiotherapy

Wibault, Johanna, (författare)
Linköping University
Öberg, Birgitta, (författare)
Linköping University
Dedering, Åsa, (författare)
Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet
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Löfgren, Håkan, (författare)
Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping
Zsigmond, Peter, (författare)
Linköping University Hospital
Persson, Liselott, (författare)
Forskargrupper vid Lunds universitet, Lund University Research Groups, Lunds universitet, Lund University, Fysioterapi, Physiotherapy
Andell, Maria, (författare)
Norrahammars vårdcentral
R. Jonsson, Margareta, (författare)
Karolinska University Hospital
Peolsson, Anneli, (författare)
Linköping University
Wibault, J (författare)
Oberg, B (författare)
Dedering, A, (författare)
Karolinska Institutet
Lofgren, H (författare)
Zsigmond, P (författare)
Persson, L (författare)
Andell, M (författare)
Jonsson, MR (författare)
Peolsson, A (författare)
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Ingår i: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. - Mosby Inc.. - 0161-4754. ; 40:5, s. 330-339
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  • Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare postoperative rehabilitation with structured physiotherapy to the standard approach in patients with cervical radiculopathy (CR) in a prospective randomized study at 6 months follow-up based on measures of neck-related physical function, self-efficacy, and coping strategies. Methods: Patients with persistent CR and scheduled for surgery (N = 202) were randomly assigned to structured postoperative physiotherapy or a standard postoperative approach. Structured postoperative physiotherapy combined neck-specific exercises with a behavioral approach. Baseline, 3-month, and 6-month evaluations included questionnaires and clinical examinations. Neck muscle endurance, active cervical range of motion, self-efficacy, pain catastrophizing (CSQ-CAT), perceived control over pain, and ability to decrease pain were analyzed for between-group differences using complete case and per-protocol approaches. Results: No between-group difference was reported at the 6-month follow-up (P = .05-.99), but all outcomes had improved from baseline (P < .001). Patients undergoing structured postoperative physiotherapy with ≥50% attendance at treatment sessions had larger improvements in CSQ-CAT (P = .04) during the rehabilitation period from 3 to 6 months after surgery compared with the patients who received standard postoperative approach. Conclusions: No between-group difference was found at 6 months after surgery based on measures of neck-related physical function, self-efficacy, and coping strategies. However, the results confirm that neck-specific exercises are tolerated by patients with CR after surgery and may suggest a benefit from combining surgery with structured postoperative physiotherapy for patients with CR.


MEDICIN OCH HÄLSOVETENSKAP  -- Hälsovetenskaper -- Sjukgymnastik (hsv//swe)
MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES  -- Health Sciences -- Physiotherapy (hsv//eng)


Cervical Radiculopathy
Coping Skills
Physical Therapy Modalities
Postoperative Period
Randomized Clinical Trial

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