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Table 5 Provision of treatment interventions by subgroups

From: Treatment preferences amongst physical therapists and chiropractors for the management of neck pain: results of an international survey

  Acute non specific NP + % Chronic non specific NP% Facet joint dysfunction by diagnostic block % Acute WAD% Chronic WAD% Radiculopathy (WAD III)%
Exercise       
  Stretch neck/upper thorax 78 97 50 63 92 65
  Stretch other body part 69 86 42* 63 83 65
  Strengthen neck/upper thorax 69 94 51 62 92 75
  Strengthen other body parts 61 87 47 57 86 65
  Local muscle endurance 63 87 51 59 86 65
  Postural control 84 95 57 81 92 85
  Exercises related to motor control 56 72 40* 56 71 59
  Static/dynamic stabilization 68 84 48 67 83 73
  Cardiovascular retraining 29* 57 26* 31* 56 38
Manual therapies       
  Mobilization (joint or neuromuscular) 95 97 61 86 95 89
  Manipulation (thrust) 73 82 51 51 77 49
  Manual traction 82 83 51 66 77 79
  Massage/soft tissue work 93 95 58 85 92 84
Mechanical traction 17 25 15 12 24 27
Orthoses/supportive devices       
  Collars 21 6* 6* 24 8* 20
  Pillows 22 27 18 23 26 23
  Taping 16 16 10 14 16 14
  Adaptive equipment 3 5 2 3 4 4
  Other 2 1 1 2 1 1
Ergonomic interventions 73 83 49 70 81 75
Work related interventions       
  Work hardening 19* 43 21* 21* 43 27
  Work site modification 56 68 37 57 68 63
  Communication with employer 45 55 7* 50 55 52
  Work site restrictions 59 55 31* 61 58 61
  Other 21 22 13* 20 21 21
Other types of interventions 12 15 8* 11 14 12
  1. +NP = Neck Pain.
  2. * = percentage is ≤ to respondents indicating never use/not applicable.
  3. Bolded = highest percentage amongst subgroups.