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Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy - An International Journal
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 2
First page : ( 1) Last page : ( 5)
Print ISSN : 0973-5666. Online ISSN : 0973-5674.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-5674.2019.00035.2

A Comparative Study on Deep Cervical Flexors Training and Neck Stabilization Exercises in Subjects with Chronic Neck Pain

Raju Addala Suvarna1,*, Apparao Patchava2, Swamy Ganapathi3, Chaturvadi P.4, Mounika R. Geetha5

1Post Graduate Student, Department of Physiotherapy, Swatantra Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry, NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India

2Principle of College, Department of Physiotherapy, Swatantra Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry, NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India

3Asst Professor of Statistics, Department of Community Medicine, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry

4Vice Principle of College, Department of Physiotherapy, Swatantra Institute of Physiotherapy And Rehabilitation, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry

5Asst Professor Physiotherapy, Department of Physiotherapy, Swatantra Institute of Physiotherapy And Rehabilitation, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry

*Corresponding Author: Dr. Addala Suvarna Raju, Post Graduate Student, Swatantra Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, GSL Medical College, Rajahmundry, NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India, Email: suvarnaphysio1291@gmail.com

Online published on 30 April, 2019.

Abstract

Neck pain is a common problem. It has many causes some of them may be due to tightness of muscles of both neck and upper back, or pinching sensation of the nerves originating from the cervical vertebrae and also caused by other numerous spinal problems

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of deep cervical flexors training and neck stabilization exercises in chronic Neck Pain.

Method

100 subjects were assessed with chronic neck pain and out of that only 70 were recruited who are willing to be in the study and they were randomly allocated into two groups. In Group A (n=35) subjects were treated with Deep cervical flexors training, where the intervention was done thrice a week for 4 weeks, where as in Group B (n=35) subjects were treated with neck stabilization exercises. The outcome of this intervention was Visual analog scale (VAS), Neck disability index scale (NDI) AND manual muscle testing (MMT) which were recorded before and after post session of the 4 weeks intervention.

Results

Statistical analysis of the data revealed that in within group comparison both group showed significant improvement for all parameters whereas in between group comparison showed there is significant improvement at 3rd week itself and highly significant at 4th week in between groups.

Conclusion

Both interventions are effective. When compared with Neck stabilization, Deep Cervical flexors training showed better reduction in pain intensity, functional disability and improve muscle strength in participants with chronic neck pain.

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Keywords

Neck pain, deep cervical flexors training, Neck Stabilization exercises, VAS, NDI and MMT.

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