A cross-sectional postal survey of musculoskeletal physiotherapists’ current practice of cervical pain assessment in relation to vertebrobasilar artery insufficiency, attitudes toward guidelines, and manual therapy practice

Kennedy, Ian and Caldwell, Kay (2014) A cross-sectional postal survey of musculoskeletal physiotherapists’ current practice of cervical pain assessment in relation to vertebrobasilar artery insufficiency, attitudes toward guidelines, and manual therapy practice. International Musculoskeletal Medicine, 36 (4) . pp. 137-149. ISSN 1753-6146 [Article] (doi:10.1179/1753615414Y.0000000037)

Abstract

The aim of this study was to survey the current practice of cervical spine pain assessment in relation to vertebrobasilar artery insufficiency (VBI), attitudes toward guidelines, and the practice of achieving informed consent in advance of planned orthopaedic manual therapy interventions.
A self-administered postal survey was validated and sent to 325 physiotherapists working in the National Health Service (NHS) and private musculoskeletal practices in the Dorset and Hampshire region.
Response rate was 53% from NHS physiotherapists and 20% from private practice, overall 34% (n = 111). Compliance rates with published guidelines were 50.4%; the sample holds them in neutral opinion (51.4%), and also holds cervical manipulation in neutral opinion (n = 50; 45.5%). Of these, 30.4% of respondents use cervical manipulation; a practice more closely associated with male practitioners (Φ = 0.35 P < 0.001), most use non-manipulative techniques such as manual traction (86.3%) or mobilizations (96.1%) with exercise (99%) as these are believed to be just as effective.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 15579
Depositing User: Kay Caldwell
Date Deposited: 01 May 2015 11:31
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 11:51
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15579

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