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The role of phonophoresis in dyshpagia due to cervical osteophytes

Authors Unlu Z, Orguc S, Eskiizmir G, Aslan A, Tasci S

Published 6 August 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 11—13


Zeliha Unlu1, Sebnem Orguc2, Gorkem Eskiizmir3, Asim Aslan3, Saliha Tasci1

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 2Department of Radiology; 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Celal Bayar University School of Medicine, Manisa, Turkey

Objective: Treatment of patients with anterior cervical osteophytes causing dysphagia includes conservative treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, antibiotics, and an appropriate soft diet. Physical therapy with its advantages may be an alternative method in the treatment, which was not reported previously.

Case description: Phonophoresis therapy is applied in nine patients with dysphagia due to cervical osteophytes.

Results: The symptom of dysphagia regressed in various degrees in all patients after phonophoresis therapy.

Conclusions: Phonophoresis might be an alternative method for the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) treatment in patients with dysphagia due to cervical osteophytes.

Keywords: cervical, osteophyte, dysphagia, physical therapy

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