Original Research Article
Year: 2019 | Month: March | Volume: 9 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 93-98
Measuring the Strength and Endurance Capacity of Deep Cervical Flexor Muscles in Subjects With and Without Neck Pain - A Comparative Study
Parmar Smitul1, Mehta Krupa2, Sorani Dinesh3, Rathod Sheshna4
1Second Year MPT Student, 2First year MPT student, 3I/C Principal, 4Tutor/Physiotherapist,
Government Physiotherapy College, Rameshwernagar, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.
Corresponding Author: Parmar Smitul
Aim: This study was designed to compare the strength and endurance capacity of Deep Cervical Flexors in subjects with and without neck pain.
Method: Group A consisted of 30 subjects with neck pain and Group B consisted of 30 subjects without neck pain. Pressure biofeedback unit was used to assess the strength and endurance of the cervical flexors. Strength of the cervical flexors was measured as the maximum pressure at which the patient was able to hold steady for 10 seconds; and muscle endurance capacity was measured by the number of times the subject was able to hold up to 10-seconds at the maximum pressure.
Results: The t value for strength is t= -1.38 and p= 0.177 which shows no significant difference between both the groups and the t value for endurance capacity is t= -2.55 and p=0.016 which shows significant difference between both the groups.
Conclusion: The results of this study demonstrated that subjects with neck pain and without neck pain both shows good strength but the subjects with neck pain had a poor endurance capacity when compared to subjects without neck pain.
Key words: Cervical muscles, Strength, Endurance, Neck pain, Pressure biofeedback unit.