The effect of thoracic spine manipulation on pain and disability in patients with non-specific neck pain: a systematic review

  title={The effect of thoracic spine manipulation on pain and disability in patients with non-specific neck pain: a systematic review},
  author={P. A. Huisman and Caroline M. Speksnijder and Anton de Wijer},
  journal={Disability and Rehabilitation},
  pages={1677 - 1685}
Abstract Purpose: The aim of this systematic review was to determine the efficacy of thoracic spine manipulation (TSM) in reducing pain and disability in patients diagnosed with non-specific neck pain. Methods: An extensive literature search of PubMed, The Cochrane Library, CINAHL and EMBASE was conducted in February 2012. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) or controlled clinical trials evaluating the effect of TSM in patients aged 18 to 65 years with non-specific neck pain were eligible… 

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