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Therapeutic exercise for chronic non-specific neck pain: PEDro systematic review update
  1. Tiê Parma Yamato,
  2. Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto,
  3. Chris Maher
  1. The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tiê Parma Yamato, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, PO Box M201, Missenden Road, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia; tyamato{at}

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This section features a recent systematic review that is indexed on PEDro, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database ( PEDro is a free, web-based database of evidence relevant to physiotherapy.

▸ Bertozzi L, Gardenghi I, Turoni F, et al. Effect of therapeutic exercise on pain and disability in the management of chronic non-specific neck pain: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Phys Ther 2013;93:1026–36.


Neck pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, second only to back pain.1 Its annual prevalence among the general and workforce populations varies from 30% to 50%.2 Researcher interest in evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic interventions used by physiotherapists to manage chronic non-specific neck pain, especially therapeutic exercise, has increased in recent years.3 A key limitation of previous reviews of treatments for chronic non-specific neck pain has been the inclusion of results pertaining to other conditions such as whiplash associated disorders).


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  • Contributors TPY, BTS and CM selected the systematic review. TPY wrote the first draft of the manuscript. TPY, BTS and CM contributed to interpretation of the data and revision of the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.