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2022 Jul 08

Med Sci Monit


A Single-Center Study Comparing the Effects of Thoracic Spine Manipulation vs Mobility Exercises in 26 Office Workers with Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Study.


BACKGROUND Neck pain is associated with computer work, poor posture, imbalanced neck muscles, and fatigue, particularly in office workers. This study from a single center aimed to compare the effects of thoracic spine mobility exercise and thoracic spine manipulation to improve cervical spine range of motion in 26 office workers who had chronic neck pain for more than 12 weeks. MATERIAL AND METHODS The participants were 26 office workers with neck pain lasting >12 weeks. These participants were randomly assigned to undergo TSME (n=13) or TSM (n=13). Both groups underwent cervical joint mobilization and deep cervical flexor muscle exercises for 25 min a day, twice weekly, for 6 weeks. The TSME group additionally performed TSME 15 min a day, twice a week, for 6 weeks, while the TSM group received TSM 2 times a day, twice a week, for 6 weeks. Cervical and thoracic spine ROM, numeric pain rating scale (NPRS), and neck disability index (NDI) were measured before and after interventions. The ROM of cervical and thoracic spine was measured using a dual inclinometer. RESULTS Both groups showed significant changes in cervical spine ROM, thoracic spine ROM, NPRS, and NDI after intervention compared to before intervention (P<0.05). Cervical spine right lateral flexion and right rotation differed significantly between the groups (P<0.05), while thoracic spine ROM, NPRS, and NDI did not. CONCLUSIONS TSME and TSM have similar effects in improving pain and disability in office workers with non-specific chronic neck pain.