Cervical radiculopathy is a condition the can cause pain or numbness in a person’s upper extremity. It is often the result of a pinched nerve in the neck. A study published in the February issue of the journal Clinical Rehabilitation (1) found moderate level evidence to support the immediate effectiveness of cervical spine manipulation in patients with degenerative cervical radiculopathy. The authors searched the literature and performed a meta-analysis of three trials involving 502 participants. Superior immediate effects following cervical manipulation, as compared to cervical computer traction, were identified through the study.
1. Clin Rehabil. 2015 Feb 13. pii: 0269215515570382. [Epub ahead of print]