Did you know that chronic neck pain is a common musculoskeletal condition that may effect an estimated 70% of persons at some point in their lives?
A 2012 U.S. study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine January 3, 2012 has revealed that patients receiving chiropractic treatment combined with exercise for chronic neck pain were twice as likely to become pain-free than those receiving medication.
The study followed 272 persons aged 18 to 65 years who had neck pain for 12 weeks. The patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups: 91 to the spinal manipulation therapy group, 90 to the medication group and 91 to the home exercise group.
The results of the study are encouraging for chronic pain sufferers who prefer not to take medication to manage their pain:
32% of those receiving only chiropractic care became pain-free
30% of those exercising became pain-free
13% of those treated with medication for chronic pain became pain-free.
For participants with neck pain, spinal manipulation was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. Chiropractic care can play an important role in the assessment and management of chronic neck pain. If you or someone you know would like to consult with Dr. Chait on the effective relief of chronic pain through chiropractic treatment- call Chait Chiropractic Center at (941)371-1070.