Got Neck Pain? Chiropractic care proven to help!
Neck pain accounts for millions of trips to the doctor every year. It’s estimated that 75 percent of Americans deal with neck pain at some point in their lives
The pain can be severe enough to interfere with our everyday lives. Often times doctors recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or narcotic drugs, all of which come with dangerous side effects and are often not effective enough to get rid of pain.
New research shows that seeing a chiropractor or engaging in light exercise relieves neck pain more effectively than relying on pain medication. A study published on January 3, 2012, in The Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrates the power of alternative therapies for neck pain. The study partipants were divided into three groups: one group received traditional drug therapy, one group made regular visits to the chiropractor. and the third group was given therapeutic exercises at home to combat their neck pain.
At the end of 12 weeks, it was clear participants who engaged in non-drug therapy fared better than those who received painkillers. In the chiropractic group, 57 percent of individuals reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain. In the home exercise group, 48 percent reported similar pain relief. However, only 33 percent of the painkiller group saw such results.
The long term results were impressive: one year later, patients in the chiropractic and home exercise groups were still experiencing benefits. About 53 percent in each of these groups still saw at least a 75 percent reduction in pain. In the painkiller group, only 38 percent reported this kind of pain relief.
Besides being less effective, the painkiller group was also increasing their medication over time, which can lead to more serious side effects.
It’s clear that pharmaceutical drugs are not only dangerous, but ineffective compared to safer natural alternatives for dealing with neck pain.
The Goodman Clinic approach to neck pain is to locate the underlying cause. A complete case history and thorough examination are the first steps to providing you with relief. Our goal is to reduce the symptoms and correct the cause of your neck pain.
To schedule an appointment call us today at: 805-495-2735.