Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 4 (August 2017)

Page No.: 2240-2248

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.180


Ghada A. Abdallah 1,  Rabab A. Mohamed *2, Moussa  A. Sharaf 3.

1, 2*Lecturer, Basic Science Department, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.

3Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Department for Neuromuscular Disorders and its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt.

Address for correspondence: Dr. Rabab Ali Mohamed, PhD., Lecturer, Basic Science Department, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt. E-Mail: rabab_ali1978@hotmail.com


Background: Cervical radiculopathy is a condition caused by the compression of the nerve root in cervical spine that commonly manifests as neck pain and it may also radiate from the neck into the distribution of the affected nerve root. There is a significant amount of evidence available to support the benefit of physical therapy and manual techniques in general for patients with neck pain with or without radicular symptoms.

Objective: This study was conducted to assess the efficacy of Mulligan mobilization and low level laser therapy (LLLT) on pain intensity level, EMG dermatomal somatosensory evoked potential and functional level in patients with unilateral cervical radiculopathy.

Materials and Methods: Fifty patients of both genders with diagnosis of unilateral cervical radiculopathy, their ages ranged from 40 to 55. They were randomly assigned into two groups; Group A: Patients received SNAGs Mulligan technique, in addition to conventional program. Group B: Patients received LLLT, in addition to conventional program.  The treatment was conducted at a frequency of three sessions per week for four weeks.

Results: Patients in both groups showed significant improvement post treatment in all the measured variables ; there was non-significant difference between two groups post-study in pain level where P-value was (0.128). There were no significant differences between two groups in amplitude, distal latency post-study, where P-values were (0.132) and (0.328) respectively. There were no significant differences between two groups in functional ability, where P-value was (0.156).

Conclusion: Study concludes that both LLLT and SNAGs Mulligan techniques have shown positive results and are effective in improvements in pain intensity, EMG dermatomal somatosensory evoked potential and functional level among Patients with unilateral cervical radiculopathy.

KEY WORDS: SNAGS Mulligan Technique, Low level laser therapy, Dermatomal Somatosensory Evoked Potential, cervical radiculopathy.


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Cite this article: Ghada A. Abdallah, Rabab A. Mohamed, Moussa A. Sharaf. EFFECT OF SNAGS MULLIGAN TECHNIQUE VERSUS LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY ON PATIENTS WITH UNILATERAL CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(4):2240-2248. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.180