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The study will be a randomized controlled trial. This study will be conducted in The University of Lahore Teaching Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan. A sample size of 86 will be randomly allocated into two experimental groups,(43 participants in each group), by using computer-generated random number list method. The participants randomly allocated into two experimental, group A will receive Muscle energy technique (METs) specifically, Post isometric relaxation technique for upper trapezius and levator scapulae muscles, 1 set of 5 repetitions and 10 seconds hold along with routine physical therapy as (Hot pack, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, strengthening and stretching exercises). Experimental group B will be delivered Active Release Technique on both sides of levator scapulae and upper trapezius muscles 1 set of 5 repetitions along with routine physical therapy as (Hot pack, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, strengthening and stretching exercises). Both experimental groups will receive twelve treatment sessions (3 sessions per week for 4 weeks)


Clinical Trial Description

Recruitment: Participants will be recruited and referred by orthopedic doctor from The University of Lahore Teaching Hospital to Physical Therapy Department. Randomization and Allocation: The participants after confirming the eligibility criteria will be randomly allocated into two experimental groups (Group A, Group B) by using computer generated random number list method. Blindness: The study will be single blinded, and an independent investigator will perform randomization and will inform the patients and the therapist about the allocation of participants and assessor will be blinded. Intervention: The participants will be randomly allocated into two experimental groups (Group A, Group B). Experimental Group A will receive Muscle energy technique (METs) specifically, Post isometric relaxation technique for upper trapezius and levator scapulae muscles, 1 set of 5 repetitions, and 10 seconds hold along with routine physical therapy as (Hot pack, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator, strengthening and stretching exercises). Experimental group B will be delivered Active Release Technique on both sides of levator scapulae and upper trapezius muscles 1 set of 5 repetitions along with routine physical therapy as (Hot pack, TENS, strengthening and stretching exercises). Duration:Both experimental groups will receive twelve treatment sessions (3 sessions per week for 4 weeks, each session of 35-45 minutes) Outcome Variables and Measures: Pain (Numeric Pain Rating Scale) Range of Motion (Universal Goniometer) Functional Disability (Neck disability Index Questionnaire) Outcome measures will be taken at baseline and at the end of last treatment session i.e. 4th week and then collected data will be analyzed. ;


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NCT number NCT05190328
Study type Interventional
Source University of Lahore
Contact Muhammad Haider Ullah Khan, MS PTN
Phone 03314127210
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 10, 2021
Completion date July 18, 2022