Hospitals to trial alternative to neck physiotherapy

Around 150 people with neck pain are to be recruited into a clinical trial
studying the best way of treating the condition.

Patients in the physiotherapy departments of Hull’s Royal Infirmary,
Princess Royal, and Castle Hill hospitals, and High Wycombe General, will take
part in the trial, called ‘Getup’.

The clinical trial will be carried out by Jennifer Klaber-Moffett, deputy
director of the Institute of Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, and
Sionnadh McLean, superintendent physiotherapist at the Hull and East Riding
Hospitals NHS Trust.

They have been awarded a grant of £62,781 by the charity Arthritis Research
Campaign, to test whether specially-designed exercises are more effective than
physiotherapy.

"Neck and shoulder exercises, incorporating postural control and
co-ordination to encourage the use of the deep neck muscles, is a potential way
of treating neck pain," said Professor Klaber-Moffett.

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