Effectiveness of Gong’s mobilization in cervical spondylosis: a prospective comparative study

Sunil Gopalrao Harsulkar, Subhash M. Khatri, Keerthi Rao, Chandra Iyer


Background:Cervical spondylosis is a general term that refers to the degenerative changes that develop either spontaneously with age, or secondarily as the result of trauma or other pathological condition. The symptoms of cervical spondylosis include pain which might be radiating or localized in the neck, limitation of neck movements, postural abnormalities. The aim of this preliminary study was to investigate effectiveness of Gong’s Mobilization in the relief of pain, improvement in range of motion and functions in individuals with cervical spondylosis.

Methods:Thirty subjects (19 male and 11 female) randomly allocated in two groups (Group A and B) using the coin method. Group A received Gong’s mobilization along with hydro collator packs and isometric exercises, group B received Sustained Natural Apophyseal Glides (SNAGs) along with hydro collator packs and isometric exercises. The treatment period lasted 4 weeks in total. Pain on visual analogue scale, Range Of Motion (ROM) by universal goniometer and functional disability on neck disability index was assessed on day one pre and post intervention at the end of two weeks and end of 4th week.

Results:The findings of this study suggest that both the interventions are effective in reducing pain, improving ROM and decreasing the level of disability but particularly the Gong’s mobilization is more effective (P <0.01) in correcting posture, reducing pain, improving ROM and decreasing the level of disability.

Conclusions:Gong’s mobilization can be utilized in the treatment of cervical spondylosis.


Cervical spondylosis, Gong’s mobilization, SNAGs

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