The State of the Art in Neck Pain Relief
Chiropractic works extremely well for the relief of neck pain and improving the function of neck articulations. There have been 5 systematic medical reviews of the effectiveness of chiropractic care and neck pain, all showing that with chiropractic care and therapies in a chiropractic office, people with neck pain and injuries have less pain, better range of motion, less disability and better outcomes than other treatments and with no treatment.
- In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care. – Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal
- “In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.”– Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine
Even guidelines published by the American Physical Therapy Association recommends cervical spinal manipulation for neck pain relieve and for recovery of neck injuries. While physical therapists are trying to gain rights to be able to manipulate the spine, nobody is as well qualified to adjust the spine with precision as are doctors of chiropractic.
In our clinic, we have seen a lot of patients come in with whiplash injuries to the neck and the rest of the spine. We often find that there are other neurological problems with a fresh injury when we look deeper into the function of the cranial nerves and other nervous system indicators in the body. Whiplash injuries often extend to other parts of the body beyond the neck, and you need a doctor to care for you beyond just the neck or beyond just the muscles.
Many times people come in with a kink in their neck from when they wake up in the morning after a rough night’s sleep. They can bend one way, but with the pain, they are unable to bend the other way. This situation can last for months with massage care or with physical therapy modalities, but is quickly fixed with precision adjustments to the neck. Once you know what chiropractic can do for this type of torticollis, you immediately recommend chiropractic care to a loved one who has this.
Todd Lloyd, DC