Cervical radiculopathy is a relatively common disorder that compels patients to seek chiropractic care. In this study, researchers compared the effects of two forms of mobilization therapy (oscillatory vs. sustained stretch) on 46 cervical radiculopathy patients and found that both were effective at improving pain, range of motion, and disability. However, the patients in the oscillatory mobilization group experienced greater improvements with respect to functional ability and range of motion. Doctors of chiropractic commonly use a variety of mobilization techniques along with other treatment approaches, such as spinal manipulation, to reduce pain and improve function in patients with musculoskeletal pain, including cervical radiculopathy.
Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, May 2019