Title

Functional outcome of patients with cervical radiculopathy using neck disability index

Date of Completion

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Radiculopathy, Neck Injuries

Abstract

In this descriptive study, 31 patients from De La Salle University Medical Center, St. Paul Hospital, St. Dominic Medical Center Imus and Our Lady of the Pilar Medical Center were included. Purposive sampling technique was used to determine the pre-specified criteria. The respondents were between 40-49 years old, female, and were either unemployed or were housewives. Most of the respondents received stretching exercises of the cervical muscles as a management for cervical radiculopathy followed by strengthening exercises of the cervical muscles for 11-15 sessions. A self-administered questionnaire was used for the socio-demographic and physical therapy rehabilitation part. For the functional outcome part, the instrument used was the Neck Disability Index. It was adapted from the Oswestry Low Back Pain Questionnaire. Data gathered from respondents was analyzed by getting the tally data through frequency calculations. The scores on the functional outcome (NDI) part were computed by getting the sum of the 10 sections. If all 10 sections were completed, the obtained score was multiplied by 2 to produce a percentage score. After a careful study, the researchers concluded that patients with cervical radiculopathy undergoing physical therapy rehabilitation in selected centers in Cavite have moderate disability based on the neck disability index score of 33.15%. Specifically, they have moderate disability in seven (7) out of 10 sections of NDI namely pain intensiy, headache, lifting, work, recreation, reading, driving and mild disability as to personal care, concentration and sleeping. A total of 20 out of 31 respondents presents with moderate disability.

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