Latest Research on Neck Pain, Pinched Nerves

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Neck Pain Patients Respond Better to Chiropractic Than to Medication, Exercise Instruction

Bronfort, et al, Annals of Internal Medicine (2012) 

Patients with neck pain were divided into three groups to receive either chiropractic care, medication, or instruction in home exercise. All groups achieved a certain degree of pain relief.  But both in the short term (2-4 weeks) and the long run (up to 52 weeks), those patients receiving chiropractic care improved the most.

Manual Therapy for Neck Pain Shown to be Superior to Exercises and Drugs

Korthals-de Bos et al, British Medical Journal, (2003) 

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.

Further Evidence 

Hoving et al, Annals of Internal Medicine, (2002) 

This randomized, controlled trial 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.

Non-Surgical Approach to Pinched Nerves in the Neck Helps 92% of Patients, Even Months Later

Murphy DL, et al, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (May 2006) 

Complete outcome data were available for 31 of the 35 patients with pinched nerves in the neck. Twenty-seven patients were reached for long-term follow-up. The average number of months from last treatment to follow-up was 8.2 months. Seventeen patients (49%) reported their improvement as “excellent” and another 14 (40%) did so as “good.” The average patient-rated improvement was 88.2%, and the average percent improvement in the Bournemouth Disability Questionnaire score was 78%. Twenty-four of 31 (77.4%) patients had a clinically significant improvement from baseline to the end of treatment, and 25 of 27 (92.6%) had a clinically significant improvement from baseline to long-term follow-up.

Chiropractic Proven Effective for Chronic Whiplash Symptoms

Woodward MN, et al, Injury (1996)

This study reviewed the treatment of 28 chronic whiplash patients and demonstrated that chiropractic treatment benefited 26 of them. 


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