Condition category
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Date applied
10/10/2002
Date assigned
10/10/2002
Last edited
01/07/2009
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 ASL Leung

ORCID ID

Contact details

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Hong Kong

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

711003

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The objective of this trial was to compare the relative effectiveness of two common forms of physiotherapy:
1. Conventional Physiotherapy (CPT): consists of the use of electrical current, heat,
cold, exercise and massage, and
2. Manipulative Physiotherapy (MPT): primarily consists of passive joint mobilisation and manipulative techniques,
in the short and long term.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Condition

Low back pain

Intervention

Subjects will be randomised into either the CPT or MPT groups:
1. CPT includes modalities such as heat and cold therapy, nerve stimulation, active exercises, hydrotherapy, etc.
2. MPT includes manual techniques such as passive mobilization and manipulative high velocity thrusts.

Patients in both groups also received lumbar traction.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

The main outcome measures were disability, health and pain. These parameters were
assessed by the:
1. Aberdeen Low Back Pain Disability Scale
2. Current Perceived Health 42 (CPH42) Profile
3. Numerical Pain Scale (NRS). The NRS measures pain intensity from no pain to intolerable pain along an 11-point scale.

The research assistants, who were blind to the treatment routine administered the questionnaires at baseline, then at 3, 6, and 12 weeks (short term) followed by 6, 9, 12 months (long term) after physiotherapy commenced.

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

Overall trial start date

01/01/2000

Overall trial end date

01/09/2002

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Patients are medically referred
2. Patients presented no contraindication to Conventional physiotherapy (CPT) and Manipulative (MPT) physiotherapy
3. Aged 18 to 65 years
4. Low back pain (LBP) not treated by physiotherapist in the previous month
5. Duration of LBP at least 2 weeks before attending physiotherapy
6. Patient's consent to participate in the randomised controlled trial
7. Patient's agreement to be followed up to 12 months post-commencement of treatment

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

440

Participant exclusion criteria

Does not meet inclusion criteria

Recruitment start date

01/01/2000

Recruitment end date

01/09/2002

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Hong Kong

Trial participating centre

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
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Hong Kong

Sponsor information

Organisation

Hong Kong Health Services Research Fund (Hong Kong)

Sponsor details

Health Welfare and Food Bureau
Government Secretariat
HKSAR
20th floor Murray Building
Garden Road
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Hong Kong
+852 (0)2973 8288
hsrf@hwfb.gov.hk

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.fhb.gov.hk/grants/english/funds/funds_hhsrf/funds_hhsrf_abt/funds_hhsrf_abt.html

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Hong Kong Health Services Research Fund (Hong Kong)

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

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes