EFFECTS OF NEURAL GLIDES VERSUS PROPRIOCEPTIVE NEUROMUSCULAR FACILITATION IN TERMS OF JOINT POSITION SENSE AND PAIN IN CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY

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Dr. Ayesha Niaz
Dr. Moater Iftikhar
Meer Fatima
Hafsa Javed
Maryum Ashraf
Haiqa Maryam

Keywords

Joint position sense (JPS), Cranio-vertebral angle, cervical radiculopathy, PNF (proprioception neuromuscular technique)

Abstract

Among common neurological disorders one of the most commonly seen disorder is cervical radiculopathy. It is generally seen among different population. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of neural glides versus on joint position sense, pain for individuals with cervical radiculopathy. This is a quasi-experimental study in which a sample of twenty eight symptomatic participants of cervical radiculopathy with forward head posture allocated into the 2 groups by convenient sampling technique. Group A received median nerve glide and Group B received rhythmic stabilization technique. The outcome measure tools were cranio vertebral angel, Joint position sense, Numeric pain rating scale and Neck Disability Index for CVA, proprioception, pain and neck disability respectively. Data was analyzed with SPSS version 21. Group B had significant improvements in joint position sense compared to Group A (p < 0.05) via rhythmic stabilization, while median nerve glide did not show significance (p > 0.05). Numeric pain rating scale differences were not significant (p > 0.05), indicating no correlation with treatment groups. Group B demonstrated more significant improvement in craniovertebral angle (CVA) compared to Group A (p < 0.05). Neck disability index (NDI) showed a significant correlation between both groups (p < 0.05), with Group B showing greater improvement. Current study concluded that Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation is more effective for joint position sense, cranio-vertebral angle, and neck disability than median nerve glide.

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