Written By: Dr. Andrea Schnowske
So what did those results show? After 12 weeks of treatment, the spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) group had a greater reduction in pain that the medication group. In addition, the SMT treatment group showed greater reduction in pain than both the home exercise and medication groups at 52 weeks. The SMT group also reported higher global improvement, patient satisfaction with care, and assessed physical function than the medication group. The home exercise group also showed a greater reduction in pain than medication and after 12 weeks a higher percentage of participants reported pain reduction of at least 75% over medication.
So if you do have neck pain, talk to your doctor about referring you to a chiropractor or to another specialist for some home exercises! Your local chiropractor would be more than happy to talk to your medical doctor if there are any concerns with treatment.
Dr. Andrea is eager to help people of all ages live healthier lives and enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle. She maintains a blog called Healthy Habits that shares helpful tips and insight on common conditions and concerns about everyday health. Click here to visit her blog. She also speaks about wellness topics in her local community and volunteers to help with local charity events.