Cervical spine stiffness in chronic non-specific neck pain

Does the presence of chronic non-specific neck pain imply increased spinal joint stiffness?

The evaluation of spinal joint stiffness is a technique commonly employed by manual therapists when patients present with non-specific neck pain. However, despite its widespread use, a relationship between stiffness and neck pain has yet to be demonstrated. The following clinical trial investigated if spinal joint stiffness is in fact different in individuals with neck pain, and whether the magnitude of stiffness correlates with pain and disability.


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