Neck pain? Skip the meds!

Do you automatically reach for an Advil or an Ibuprofen every time you have neck pain? Medications may not be the best option, a recent study has found. The results showed that the people who exercised and received adjustments from a chiropractor were more likely to experience a decrease in pain than those who simply popped pills. See the article below from ABCNews.com.

Neck Pain: Chiropractors, Exercise Better Than Medication, Study Says

 
 
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When it comes to neck pain the best medicine is no medicine at all according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

 The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, tracked 272 patients with recent-onset neck pain who were treated using three different methods:

  1. Medication
  2. Exercise
  3. A Chiropractor

 After 12 weeks 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.

 The patients treated by a chiropractor experienced the highest rate of success with 32 percent saying they were pain free, compared to 30 percent of those who exercised. Only 13 percent of patients treated with medication said they no longer experienced pain.

 “Doesn’t surprise me a bit,” Dr. Lee Green, professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan told ABC News. “Neck pain is a mechanical problem, and it makes sense that mechanical treatment works better than a chemical one.”

 Dr. John Messmer who specializes in family medicine at Penn State College of Medicine agrees.

 “I always prescribe exercises and/or physical therapy for neck pain,” he wrote. “I also tell patients that the exercises are the treatment and the drugs are for the symptoms.”

 The exercises prescribed to patients in the study were simple and designed to be performed at home with the help of instructional photos.

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SoundCare Chiropractic Center is located in the University District of Seattle. Established in 2011, we are located on Roosevelt Way NE, between 45th Street and 43rd Street. We offer chiropractic manipulative therapy, rehabilitative exercise, nutrition, and exercise counseling. Massage therapy is also available. We strive to provide our patients with an exceptional experience from the moment they walk into our office. Thank you in advance for allowing us to serve you!
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One Response to Neck pain? Skip the meds!

  1. Nancy says:

    I agree this post great informative and attractive blog.

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