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Table 2 Comparison of the odds of the outcomes between the treatment arms. The odds of having a MCI in pain intensity, MCI in pain related disability and perceived recovery in NMT excluding manipulation and NMT excluding stretching in comparison to NMT, at follow-up after 7, 12, 26 and 52 weeks

From: Three combinations of manual therapy techniques within naprapathy in the treatment of neck and/or back pain: a randomized controlled trial

MCI MCI in pain intensitya (n = 971) MCI in pain related disabilityb (n = 691) Perceived recoveryc (n = 977)
Treatment arms NMTd NMT excluding manipulation NMT excluding stretching NMTd NMT excluding manipulation NMT excluding stretching NMTd NMT excluding manipulation NMT excluding stretching
Follow-up in weeks          
   OR 95%CI OR 95%CI   OR 95%CI OR 95%CI   OR 95%CI OR 95%CI
7 1.0 0.93 (0.68–1.27) 1.00 (0.73–1.37) 1.0 1.08 (0.72–1.64) 1.44 (0.93–2.21) 1.0 1.21 (0.88–1.65) 1.12 (0.82–1.53)
12 1.0 0.74 (0.54–1.03) 0.96 (0.70–1.33) 1.0 1.01 (0.65–1.59) 1.38 (0.86–2.20) 1.0 0.90 (0.66–1.23) 0.98 (0.72–1.34)
26 1.0 0.83 (0.60–1.15) 0.85 (0.62–1.17) 1.0 1.21 (0.77–1.91) 1.05 (0.67–1.64) 1.0 0.90 (0.66–1.24) 1.04 (0.76–1.43)
52 1.0 0.84 (0.61–1.17) 0.83 (0.60–1.15) 1.0 0.99 (0.61–1.61) 0.73 (0.46–1.17) 1.0 1.00 (0.73–1.38) 0.89 (0.65–1.22)
  1. aMCI (minimal clinically important improvement) in pain intensity was defined as at least two-step decrease from baseline to follow-up, measured with numerical rating scale 0–10 (0 = no pain, 10 = pain as bad as could be)
  2. bMCI (minimal clinically important improvement) in disability was defined as at least one-step decrease from baseline to the follow-up, measured with numerical rating scale 0–10 (0 = no interference, 10 = unable to carry on with these activities)
  3. cPerceived recovery dichotomized into recovered (= Is completely free from pain and have no other complaints originating from neck/back or Is considerably improved)/not recovered (= Is slightly improved, No change, Is slightly worse or Is much worse)
  4. dNMT = Naprapathic manual therapy (spinal manipulation, mobilization, stretching and massage)