Search strategy was developed following advice of an information specialist (MHS) from the research group, with two-year experience in conducting systematic reviews. The following reference sources were searched: PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, PEDro, and Cochrane Library Plus. The search terms were divided into 4 categories, as recommended by the Cochrane Back and Neck Group [25]. The first category was established to search for the types of studies to include: randomised controlled trial or controlled clinical trial. The second and third categories searched specifically for the condition (radiculopathy) and for manual therapy actions (musculoskeletal manipulations), while the fourth category served to limit the search to the cervical area (neck). These 4 searches were combined to obtain the results. Figure 1 presents a detailed search strategy, featuring the database search in PubMed, from which the rest of the databases were searched, adapting the searches to the requirements of each database.

Search strategy.

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