Chiropractor As Alternative To Neck Pain Treatment
Seeing a chiropractor or engaging in light exercise relieves neck pain more effectively than relying on pain medication, new research shows.
The new study is one of the few head-to-head comparisons of various treatments for neck pain, a problem that affects three quarters of Americans at some point in their lives but has no proven, first-line treatment. While many people seek out spinal manipulation by Rockford neck pain treatment, the evidence supporting its usefulness has been limited at best.
New Research Found
But the new research found that chiropractic care or simple exercises done at home were better at reducing pain than taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or narcotics.
These changes were diminished over time, but they were still present. Even a year later, there were differences between the spinal manipulation and medication groups.
Moderate and acute Rockford neck pain treatment is one of the most frequent reasons for trips to primary care doctors, prompting millions of visits every year. For patients, it can be a difficult problem to navigate. In some cases the pain and stiffness crop up without explanation, and treatment options are varied. Physical therapy, pain medication and spinal manipulation are popular options.
One group was assigned to visit a chiropractor for roughly 20-minute sessions throughout the course of the study, making an average of 15 visits. A second group was assigned to take common pain relievers like acetaminophen and — in some cases, at the discretion of a doctor — stronger drugs like narcotics and muscle relaxants. The third group met on two occasions with physical therapists who gave them instructions on simple, gentle exercises for the neck that they could do at home. They were encouraged to do 5 to 10 repetitions of each exercise up to eight times a day.
After 12 weeks, the people in the non-medication groups did significantly better than those taking the drugs. About 57 percent of those who met with chiropractors and 48 percent who did the exercises reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group.
Future Of The Field
A year later, when the researchers checked back in, 53 percent of the subjects who had received spinal manipulation still reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, similar to the exercise group. That compared to just a 38 percent pain reduction among those who had been taking medication.
In addition to their limited pain relief, the Rockford neck pain treatment had at least one other downside: people kept taking them. The people in the medication group kept on using a higher amount of medication more frequently throughout the follow-up period, up to a year later. If you’re taking medication over a long time, then we’re running into more systemic side effects like gastrointestinal problems.
He also expressed concern that those on medications were not as empowered or active in their own care as those in the other groups. We think it’s important that patients are enabled to deal with as much control over their own condition as possible. This study shows that they can play a large role in their own care.
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Dr. Kyle Olson attended the National University of Health Sciences for his doctorate degree with outpatient clinical residencies in Lombard, IL, downtown Chicago, and the Chicago Salvation Army headquarters. Each clinic experience presented a unique and eye opening experience about the scope and severity of human health.
After earning his Doctorate, Dr. Kyle moved to Rockford, Illinois to practice at Chiropractic First of Rockford, a Maximized Living Health Center, in 2013.