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Effects of routine physiotherapy with and without neuromobilization in the management of internal shoulder impingement syndrome: a randomized controlled trial
Akhtar M, Karimi H, Gilani SA, Ahmad A
Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences 2020 May-Jun;36(4):596-602
clinical trial
8/10 [Eligibility criteria: No; Random allocation: Yes; Concealed allocation: Yes; Baseline comparability: Yes; Blind subjects: No; Blind therapists: No; Blind assessors: Yes; Adequate follow-up: Yes; Intention-to-treat analysis: Yes; Between-group comparisons: Yes; Point estimates and variability: Yes. Note: Eligibility criteria item does not contribute to total score] *This score has been confirmed*

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Routine physiotherapy has been advocated was an effective treatment for internal shoulder impingement syndrome. However, there is lack of best exercise treatment and lots of studies are under consideration. The objective of the study was to compare the effects of neuromobilization and routine physiotherapy on pain in patients having shoulder internal impingement syndrome. METHODS: This is a single blinded randomized control clinical trial that was conducted at Social Security Hospital Gujranwala in which 80 patients with SIS were participated. The duration of study was from September 2016 to March 2018. Patients were recruited after giving an informed consent and were randomly assigned to either control or experimental group which was treated with routine physiotherapy and routine physiotherapy plus neuromobilization respectively; pain was assessed by numeric rating scale at base line, 5th and 11th week. RESULTS: The experimental group compared with control group at 11th week had lower mean pain score 2.15 (1.66 to 2.64) versus 4.90 (4.41 to 5.40); between group difference 1.82; 95% CI -2.38 to -1.25; p < 0.001 and partial-eta2 = 0.33. These results show that pain score is much improved in experimental group. CONCLUSION: Neuromobilization along with physical therapy is more effective as compared to physiotherapy alone.

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