Chiropractic Better for Neck Pain

by | Feb 15, 2012 | Neck Pain, Headache and Pinched Nerves | 0 comments

Chiropractic treatment proved to be the a better approach to treating neck pain than taking painkillers.  That’s the conclusion of a recent research study published in January, 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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In this study, 272 participants with neck pain were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups.  One group received chiropractic care, one group was treated with medication, and a third group was instructed in a program of home exercise.

All three groups achieved a certain degree of pain relief.  But both in the short term (2-4 weeks) and the long run (up to 52 weeks), those patients receiving chiropractic manual therapy improved the most.

Chiropractic Neck Treatment Proves Safest

Information also emerged about the occurrence of adverse effects during treatment.  There were no serious or long-lasting negative results for any patient in any treatment group.   Only 40% of those in the chiropractic group had minor, temporary side-effects (such as mildly increased pain or headache), whereas 60% of those in the medication-treated group had minor side effects such as stomach upset or drowsiness.

Moreover, participants who were medicated were more likely to be continuing to take pain medication even one year after beginning treatment.

Best of Both Worlds

In my multidimensional chiropractic approach, I combine two proven methods: hands on spinal therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment.  That way, patients recover more quickly and maintain their improvement for the long haul, limiting their use of medication as much as possible.

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