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Sham thoracic SMT plausible as a comparator in studies with shoulder pain patients


Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:1
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Validation of a sham comparator for thoracic spinal manipulation in patients with shoulder pain

Man Ther. 2015 Feb;20(1):171-5.

Contributing Authors: LA Michener JR Kardouni CO Sousa JM Ely

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Synopsis

56 patients experiencing shoulder pain due to subacromial impingement syndrome were randomized to receive thoracic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) or a sham comparator. The purpose of the study was to determine if a predetermined protocol was a plausible sham for SMT in this population. The study found that patient belief of receiving the active treatment and perception of beneficial effects was...

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