Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221


To determine the affects of Physical Therapists clinical reasoning using thoracic spine mobilization for neck pain compared to a standard protocol.

Study summary:

The purpose of this research is to compare the effects of two commonly used, safe, thoracic spine treatments: grade 1-4 as performed by Cleland et. al. and grade 1-4 mobilization to the thoracic spine as selected by the Physical Therapist for cervical spine pain. The immediate effects of thoracic spine mobilization have been shown to facilitate greater range of motion increases in the cervical spine and greater pain decreases within a treatment session and on follow-up visits. There is no research utilizing pain threshold perception as an objective outcome of these treatments. Only one study compared the two treatment techniques and concluded that future research should be completed which includes manual therapy for the thoracic spine. (Cleland 2007) If the PT identifies an appropriate patient they will ask if they are interested in being a research subject. The Physical Theapist recruiting subjects all have completed their Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and have advanced training in manual Physical Therapy. The techniques employed are considered standard practice and are defined as entry level skills by the Comission of Accredicdation of Physical Therapy Programs. These techniques are typically taught in DPT degree programs.


Inclusion Criteria: - Patients with Neck Pain - Ages 18 - 60 Exclusion Criteria: - Red flags: leg weakness, night pain, history of cancer, upper motor neuron signs, infection, tumors, osteoporosis, fracture (Boissonnault, 2011) (Cleland, 2004), cervical stenosis, CNS involvement, signs consistent with nerve root compression, previous surgery, pending legal action The inclusion and exclusion above represent a conservative approach based on combining criteria of recent studies in published review articles. (Cross, 2011; Walser, 2009



Primary Contact:

Steve Karas, DSc
Phone: 412 365 2798
Email: skaras@chatham.edu

Backup Contact:

Email: brettwindsor@gmail.com
Brett Windsor, PhD (c)
Phone: 910-893-1723

Location Contact:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221
United States

Steve A Karas, DSc
Phone: 412-365-2798
Email: skaras@chatham.edu

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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