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The Accuracy of Manual Diagnosis for Cervical Zygapophysial Joint Pain Syndromes

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The Accuracy of Manual Diagnosis for Cervical Zygapophysial Joint Pain Syndromes

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SOURCE:   Med J Aust. 1988 (Mar 7); 148 (5): 233–236

Jull G, Bogduk N, Marsland A.

University of Queensland, St Lucia.


The ability of a manipulative therapist to diagnose symptomatic cervical zygapophysial joint syndromes accurately was evaluated in a series of 20 patients. In 11 patients the presence, or absence, of a symptomatic joint was established by means of radiologically-controlled diagnostic nerve blocks. These patients were assessed by the manipulative therapist, without knowledge of the medical diagnosis. Another nine patients were first seen by the manipulative therapist whose diagnosis was then evaluated by means of diagnostic blocks.

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