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Effectiveness of the spinal decompression therapy in patients with cervicobrachial syndrome

Lidija Pavlović ; Lumbalis Centre, Sveti Martin na Muri
Dalibor Kiseljak orcid id ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb
Olivera Petrak ; University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb

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The sample was comprised of 50 participants (54%
women), with cervicobrachial syndrome, aged 28-68
years (mean age of 50). Acute symptoms were present
in 62% of the patients and chronic symptoms in 38%.
The frequency of the therapy sessions ranged from 3
to 8, with the dominant value of 4. For the purposes of
the research three specific tests were used: Slump Test,
Spurling’s test and cervical distraction test.
After the finalization of the spinal decompression therapy of the patients with the cervicobrachial syndrome
there are significant differences in the results of the
Slump test, Spurling’s test and cervical distraction test,
compared to the pre-treatment status: after the treatment there are significantly more patients who successfully pass these tests. From the analyzed socio-demographic features, the age of the participants seems to
be significant: participants who successfully solve the
Slump and Spurling’s post-treatment tests are significantly younger than the unsuccessful participants. After the therapy, chronic patients, in comparison to the
acute patients, have significantly lower performance
in all three tests. These two groups also differ in age -
chronic patients are significantly older, while no significant differences are found in the number of the therapy
sessions. In the regression analysis, the duration of the
problem has proven to be a significant predictor, as opposed to age which proved to be insignificant. Gender,
weight and the number of therapy sessions are not related to the assessment outcomes.


cervicobrachial syndrome, spinal decompression therapy, traction, neurodynamic assessment

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