Chiropractors Better at Neck Pain, According to Study
When it comes to treating your neck pain, the best medicine is not a medicine at all. According to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, your best option for neck pain is your chiropractor.
Dr. Bronfort and his research staff received funding from the National Institute of Health and looked at the best treatment options for neck pain. In the study, participants were divided into three groups:
- Chiropractic Manipulation
After 12 weeks of treatment, the patients who used a chiropractor or exercised were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who relied on medicine alone.
It does not surprise me much. I have been treating acute and chronic neck pain since 1995. In my experience, the medications are only good for masking the neck pain. Most neck pain is mechanical pain, so a mechanical solution is needed.
I’m really glad this research article was posted. I get so tired so hearing some chiropractic nay-sayers (mostly uninformed, old-school medical doctors) attempt to derail chiropractic by claiming that we do not have research to support our claims. The truth is, we do have research, lots of it. But nay-sayers refuse to open their own journals and read it. They fear the truth. The truth is this: chiropractic care is a scientifically proven, cost effective, supplement to healthcare.
No chiropractors that I know are telling their patients to not see a medical doctor. We recognize our position and our expertise. We stick to our scope of practice. Our focus is musculoskeletal pain. That includes sprains, strains, ligament injury, headaches, and lower back pain.
What I would really like to see is the medical community reciprocate; to stop telling the patients that chiropractic is unsafe or unproven. It is not appropriate for an MD to tell a patient to stop seeing a chiropractor. Imagine the uproar that would be caused if I told my patients to flush all their medications and discontinue care from their MD. What would you think if your medical doctor told you to not see a dentist for tooth problems? You would probably think that the medical doctor was over-stepping his bounds, and leaving his field of expertise. Well, the medical doctor is over-stepping his bounds when tells a patient to not see a chiropractor.
Here in St George, UT, I have only heard of a couple of MDs who steer their patients away from chiropractors. The vast majority of our MDs are well informed, enlightened healers. They usually take the “if it works, then continue” approach. I deeply appreciate that.
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Gert Bronfort, Roni Evans, Alfred V. Anderson, Kenneth H. Svendsen, Yiscah Bracha, Richard H. Grimm; Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck PainA Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012 Jan;156(1_Part_1):1-10.