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IJTRR. 2016; 5(5): 122-128

Efficacy of Neck Stabilization Exercises for Neck Pain Complicating Pregnancy

Asmaa Mahmoud Elbandrawy, Hassan Omer Ghareeb.

Aims: To determine the efficacy of neck stabilization exercises on neck pain during pregnancy.
Place and Duration of Study: Department of obstetrics and gynecology, Kasr El-Aini University Hospital, and outpatient clinic of faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, between November 2014 and June 2015.
Methodology: Forty pregnant women at the third trimesters (26-35weeks' gestation) with a mean value of (28.21.36 weeks' gestation), previously diagnosed with neck pain and their age ranged from 25-35 years with a mean value of (30.003.82 yrs). Neck pain was defined as non-specific neck pain without specific, identifiable etiology (i.e. infection, inflammatory disease). A detailed medical history was obtained to screen for other pathological conditions. Patients were excluded if they had a history of cervical spine injury or surgery, if their neck pain was secondary to other conditions (including neoplasm, neurological diseases or vascular diseases), if they had a radiculopathy presenting neurological deficit, infection or inflammatory arthritis in the cervical spine, poor general health status that would interfere with the exercises during the study. These exclusion criteria were verified by history and physical examination. The patients were informed about the study, and written consent was obtained from all patients.
Patients were randomly assigned into two equal groups (A& B). Group (A) consisted of twenty patients who received neck stabilizing exercises in addition to TENS. Group (B) consisted of twenty patients, who received TENS only. Treatment program was performed three times per week for eight weeks, for both groups A&B. Assessment of all subjects in both groups (A& B) was carried out before and after the treatment program throughout visual analogue scale and neck disability scale.
Results: Showed a statistically significant decrease (P

Key words: Neck Pain, Pregnancy, Neck Stabilizing Exercises, TENS.

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