Myofascial Trigger Points and Postero-Anterior Joint Hypomobility in the Mid-Cervical Spine in Subjects Presenting with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Pilot

César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, PT, Cristina Alonso-Blanco, PT, Isabel Maria Alguacil-Diego, MD, PhD, Juan Carlos Miangolarra-Page, MD, PhD

The aims for this study were to assess the prevalence of myofascial trigger points (TrPs) in the upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, and levator scapulae muscles; the prevalence of posterior-anterior (PA) joint hypomobility in the mid-cervical spine (C3-C6); and the correlation of these impairments in patients presenting with mechanical neck pain. It is concluded that all patients with mechanical neck pain exhibited PA joint hypomobility of the mid-cervical spine and TrPs in the cervical musculature. However, correlation between these findings was not statistically significant.

The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy Vol. 14 No. 2 (2006), 88 – 94

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