Neck pain is very common. About 70% of us will experience neck pain at some point in our lifetime. And once we do, relapses are common. On any given day, millions will be suffering with neck pain.
Chronic neck pain is also very common. Chronic neck pain is neck pain that persists for over 90 days. The #1 risk factor for chronic neck pain is previous neck pain.
So what’s the best treatment for neck pain?
A recent study on neck pain patients compared the effectiveness of manual therapy performed by a chiropractor, physical therapy performed by a physical therapist (PT), and medical care performed by medical physician (MD). The success rate determined at the seventh week was TWO TIMES BETTER for the manual therapy/chiropractic group (68.3%) compared to the medical care group. Those receiving manual therapy also had fewer absences from work compared to both the medical and PT treated groups. Lastly, both the manual therapy and PT groups used less pain relief medication compared to the medically treated group. Another study looked at the multiple approaches that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck pain to determine the “best” approach a chiropractor can use. They reported 94% had improvement or less neck pain after just one treatment when the mid-back (thoracic spine) was also adjusted. Similarly, after receiving two treatments over a one week time frame, the group receiving midback adjustments (vs. the group who did not) reported lower pain and disability scores. A similar study concluded that the best results occurred when the neck, upper back/lower neck, and mid-back were adjusted. This group, when compared to neck adjustments alone, reported greater reductions in disability scores. Thus, having the cervical spine, upper back, and mid-back all adjusted appears to yield quicker, more satisfying results than neck adjustments alone. Read full article here.
The article goes on to explain how chiropractic adjustments to the neck and upper back, as well as low tech exercises are the best treatment for neck pain…even better than medical treatment and physical therapy.
This should not come as a surprise to most chiropractors. However, when a typical person experiences neck pain, a chiropractor is not usually the first place they go…but they should. And research supports it.
So there you go. Chiropractic seems to be the best treatment for neck pain. Chiropractic is safe, gentle, and 100% natural. It’s just a smart thing to do
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