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Water based pillows reduced pain and improved sleep and disability in patients with cervical pain

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To compare standard, cervical roll, and water based pillows for pain intensity, pain relief, quality of sleep, disability, and satisfaction in patients with benign cervical pain.


5 week, randomised controlled, crossover trial.


Outpatient neurology and psychiatry clinics in a university hospital in the USA.


46 patients with neck pain were recruited through a newspaper advertisement. Exclusion criteria were a history of dementia, neoplasm, or known infection in the cervical region. 41 patients (mean age 48 y, 51% women) completed the study.


Patients used their usual pillow during the first week and were allocated to either a cervical roll pillow (Cervi-Garde, model 1540) (n=19) or water based pillow (Mediflow) (n=22) for 2 weeks. They changed experimental pillows for the next 2 …

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  • Source of funding: Mediflow Water Pillow, Ltd.

  • For article reprint: Dr R A Lavin, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Good Samaritan Professional Office Building, Suite 406, 5601 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21239, USA. Fax +1 410 532 4719.