Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractic Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain

Reference: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1033256

According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.

Specifically:

  • 32      percent who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30      percent of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13      percent of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

“For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] was more effective than medication in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time point”