Postural stability in patients with non-specific chronic neck pain: A comparative study with healthy people

Saadat, M. and Salehi, R. and Negahban, H. and Shaterzadeh, M. J. and Mehravar, M. and Hessam, M. (2018) Postural stability in patients with non-specific chronic neck pain: A comparative study with healthy people. Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 32 (1). pp. 196-200.

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Background: Impairment of cervical sensory input in patients with neck pain may disturb postural stability. The purpose of present study was to assess the dynamic postural stability of subjects with chronic neck pain compared to a matched control group. Methods: In this case-control study, 22 chronic non-specific neck pain and 22 healthy individuals participated. Postural stability was measured with Techno-body Prokin tilting platform. Subjects performed balance tests under two conditions: eyes open and closed. The parameters for assessment of postural stability were total stability index (TSI), anteroposterior stability index (APSI), mediolateral stability index (MLSI), and trunk deviation which demonstrated total trunk sway in medio-lateral and antero-posterior. We used a separate 2 (group) by 2 (postural difficulty) mixed-design analysis of variance (ANOVA) for analysis of postural performance. Results: There were significant differences between the chronic neck pain and matched control groups in APSI, MLSI, and TSI, p < 0.001 in both eyes opened and closed conditions. The trunk deviation was greater for non-specific neck pain in comparison to healthy subjects, p < 0.05 in both conditions of eyes open and closed. Conclusion: The results of this study showed that patients with chronic neck pain have poorer postural control than healthy subjects. The findings suggest that clinicians take into account the importance of dynamic postural stability assessment in patients with chronic non-specific neck pain and consider the application of intervention programs for improvement of the dynamic balance. © Iran University of Medical Sciences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :2 Export Date: 16 February 2020 CODEN: MJIIE Correspondence Address: Salehi, R.; Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical SciencesIran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balance Chronic neck pain Dynamic stability Posture
Subjects: WB Practice of Medicine
WE Musculoskeletal system
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
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Date Deposited: 06 May 2020 12:56
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 12:56

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