Condition category
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Date applied
23/08/2007
Date assigned
23/08/2007
Last edited
25/11/2009
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Marjon D.F. van Eijsden-Besseling

ORCID ID

Contact details

University Hospital Maastricht
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
P.O. Box 5800
Maastricht
6202 AZ
Netherlands
+31 (0)43 387 5147
Mvey@frev.azm.nl

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

NTR1022

Study information

Scientific title

Postural exercise therapy according to Cesar/Mensendieck and physiotherapy are equally effective on beginning non-specific work-related upper limb disorders in VDU-workers: a controlled, randomised trial with follow-up of one year

Acronym

WRULD

Study hypothesis

Is postural exercise therapy according to Cesar/Mensendieck more effective in reducing pain, improving functional level and health related quality of life in Visual Display Unit (VDU)-workers with beginning non-specific Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULD) when compared to usual physiotherapy?

Ethics approval

Ethics approval received from the local medical ethics committee

Study design

Randomised, active controlled, parallel group trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Not specified

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Condition

Non-specific Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULD)

Intervention

Postural exercise therapy according to Cesar/Mensendieck (experimental group) and usual physiotherapy (control group), both during 10 weeks.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Horizontal numerical Visual Analogue 10 cm Scale (VAS) according to Jensen
2. Dichotomous question: do you still suffer from WRULD? Yes/no

Secondary outcome measures

1. On disability level Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, Hand (DASH)
2. Health related quality of life by the 36-item Short Form health survey (SF-36)

Overall trial start date

01/05/2003

Overall trial end date

28/02/2006

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Being VDU-worker (at least four hours Personal Computer [PC] per day) at the time of first complaints and being employed in present job for at least three months
2. Non-specific WRULD symptoms exist greater than two weeks and less than three months and are purely related to PC work
3. Aged between 20 and 45 years

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

88

Participant exclusion criteria

1. WRULD symptoms during other daily activities
2. Specific WRULD
3. Patients with other diseases of loco motor apparatus
4. Pregnant patients
5. Patients on partly or fully sick leave
6. Patients who received already therapy or postural exercise therapy last five years

Recruitment start date

01/05/2003

Recruitment end date

28/02/2006

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Netherlands

Trial participating centre

University Hospital Maastricht
Maastricht
6202 AZ
Netherlands

Sponsor information

Organisation

University Hospital Maastricht (AZM) (Netherlands)

Sponsor details

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Maastricht
6200 MD
Netherlands

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre

Website

http://www.unimaas.nl/

Funders

Funder type

Research organisation

Funder name

Institute for Rehabilitation Research (Netherlands)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

University Hospital Maastricht (AZM) (Netherlands)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2009 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18492000
2. 2009 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19922603

Publication citations

  1. Results

    van Eijsden MD, Gerhards SA, de Bie RA, Severens JL, Cost-effectiveness of postural exercise therapy versus physiotherapy in computer screen-workers with early non-specific work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD); a randomized controlled trial., Trials, 2009, 10, 103, doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-10-103.

  2. van Eijsden-Besseling MD, Staal JB, van Attekum A, de Bie RA, van den Heuvel WJ, No difference between postural exercises and strength and fitness exercises for early, non-specific, work-related upper limb disorders in visual display unit workers: a randomised trial., Aust J Physiother, 2008, 54, 2, 95-101.

Additional files

Editorial Notes