Effect of Physical Therapy Exercise Program and Low-Level Laser Therapy on the Treatment of Cervicogenic Somatosensory Tinnitus


To determine the effectiveness of adding a physical therapy exercise program to low-level laser therapy on the treatment of chronic tinnitus treatment

Full Title of Study: “Effect of Adding Supervised Physical Therapy Exercise Program to Low Level Laser Therapy on the Treatment of Cervicogenic Somatosensory Tinnitus”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: March 5, 2019


  • Other: Exercise Therapy program added to laser therapy
    • a supervised physical therapy exercise program for the neck muscles in the form of manual mobilizations for sternocleidomastoid muscle and upper fibers of trapezius in addition to myofascial trigger point release

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Low level LASER Therapy
    • Subjects in this group received low-level laser therapy
  • Experimental: Exercise group
    • Subjects in this group received additional planned exercise therapy program

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Tinnitus handicap Inventory
    • Time Frame: 8 weeks
    • Evaluate tinnitus severity before and after treatment for both groups

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Age ranged from 45 to 55 years old both sex – Unilateral tinnitus – Stable tinnitus for at least 3 months – suffering from severe chronic non-fluctuating subjective cervicogenic somatic tinnitus (CST) Exclusion Criteria:

  • tinnitus with clear ontological etiologies as perforation of the tympanic membrane – external otitis media – conductive hearing loss – patients with a traumatic cervical spine injury, tumors – Any history of exposure to ototoxic drugs/substances – psychotic disorders with auditory hallucination

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 45 Years

Maximum Age: 55 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Cairo University
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Marwa Eid, assistant professor of physical therapy for surgery – Cairo University

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