What is the role of soft-tissue mobilization in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Once pain and inflammation are controlled, the patient's therapy should be progressed to the restoration of full ROM and flexibility of the neck and shoulder girdle muscles. Various soft-tissue mobilization techniques can be helpful to stretch the noncontractile elements of the soft tissues. Instruct patients on the proper stretching techniques, which they can complete 1-2 times per day. Gentle prolonged stretching is recommended. Stretching is best completed after a warm-up activity (eg, using an exercise bike or brisk walking).


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