Study Supports effectiveness of Manipulation for Neck Pain
A study was published in January 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine (official journal of the American College of Physicians) comparing 3 modes of treatment for neck pain – Manipulation, Exercises and Advice, and Medication.
The study included 272 patients randomly assigned to one of the 3 treatment groups, and outcomes were followed using both subjective and objective measurements over a period of one year.
Manipulation and Exercise/Advice were both found to be effective treatments, with both resulting in significantly better outcomes than the Medication treatments (using anti-inflammatories and/or Paracetamol) at all intervals during the study period.
Importantly, there were no adverse effects recorded for manipulation treatments over the one year of the study.
At Chiropractic Solutions, our practitioners have long utilized a combination of manipulative therapy, and home exercises and advice, to achieve the optimum outcomes for our patients with neck pain.
This is an important study published in an internationally recognized medical journal reinforcing the effectiveness of this approach in treating neck pain.
Reference: Annals of Internal Medicine, 3 Jan 2012 Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise with Advice for Acute and Sub-acute Neck Pain. A Randomised Trial