Effect of strength training in addition to general exercise in patients on sick leave due to non-specific neck pain. A randomized clinical trial

Tidsskriftartikel - 2014

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BACKGROUND: The optimal type of exercise protocol in the physical rehabilitation of non-specific neck pain has not yet been established. Furthermore, the role of fear-avoidance belief in the maintenance of pain and disability has been highlighted. Research indicates that exercise may be a means to reduce fearavoidance belief, but evidence is scarce. AIM: To compare the effect of two different exercise programs on pain, strength and fearavoidance belief. DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial SETTING: A specialized outpatient hospital clinic in Denmark POPULATION: 23 men and 60 women on sick leave due to nonspecific METHODS: Participants were randomized to either general physical activity (GPA group) or GPA and additional strength training of the neck and shoulder (SST group). The primary outcome was pain intensity. Secondary outcomes were muscle strength of the neck and shoulder and fear-avoidance belief. RESULTS: Pain was significantly reduced within groups with a median of 1(IQR: 3 to 0, p

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Rolving N, Christiansen D, Andersen LL, Skotte JH, Ylinen J, Jensen O, Nielsen C, Jensen C. Effect of strength training in addition to general exercise in patients on sick leave due to non-specific neck pain. A randomized clinical trial. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2014;50(6):617-626.

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