Surgery versus conservative care for neck pain: a systematic review

  title={Surgery versus conservative care for neck pain: a systematic review},
  author={M. Middelkoop and S. Rubinstein and R. Ostelo and M. Tulder and W. Peul and B. Koes and A. Verhagen},
  journal={European Spine Journal},
  • M. Middelkoop, S. Rubinstein, +4 authors A. Verhagen
  • Published 2012
  • Medicine
  • European Spine Journal
  • ObjectiveGeneral practitioners refer patients with continued neck pain that do not respond well to conservative care frequently to secondary care for further assessment. Are surgical interventions to the cervical spine effective when compared to conservative care for patients with neck pain?DesignSystematic review.MethodThe search strategy outlined by the Cochrane Back Review Group (CBRG) was followed. The primary search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, CENTRAL, and PEDro up to June… CONTINUE READING
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