Research update: Which neck pain treatments work?

Which chiropractic treatment works best for neck pain

Research shows chiropractic care relieves both chronic and acute neck pain

Manipulation, or chiropractic adjustments, of the neck are a polarizing topic. There are some in the medical profession who denounce it as unnecessary and unsafe. On the other hand are the millions of chiropractic, osteopathic, and physical therapy patients who have benefitted greatly from cervical spine (neck) adjustments. The good thing is that as the chiropractic profession advances, more and more research is coming out to give scientific backing to the millions of personal anecdotes of successful treatment of neck pain with chiropractic care. There is already a plethora of evidence regarding the safety of chiropractic adjustments to dispute the claim that it is unsafe. Thankfully there is also mounting evidence, such as the study above, to prove that it actually works. The great thing about this paper is that it is a systematic review. In the hierarchy of scientific evidence, the systematic review is the top dog. What I find significant are two things in particular:

  1. It found a moderate-strong recommendation through a search of 41 high quality random trials that both chronic and acute neck pain respond well to chiropractic adjustments. This is significant because it has long been believed (I don’t know why) that only acute neck and back pain respond well to manipulation. This search found that chronic neck pain may even be more likely to improve with treatment.
  2. It’s not all about the adjustment. It lists other common treatments of neck pain, which can all be performed our chiropractor in Beaverton, Oregon! Even more awesome is that it lists which ones have shown good evidence of effectiveness and which have not. Many of you may recognize these therapies and have received them on multiple occasions, and it may surprise you that some of them are not effective! You’ll be happy to know that those therapies found in the “Weak Recommendation” or “No recommendation” are not therapies that we use much at Catalyst Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. The ones we use the most, and excel at, are those in the moderate-strong recommendation categories. They are not flashy, fancy, gimmicks, but they are tried and true methods that will get you out of pain and keep you feeling better for the long term.

Please contact us if you have questions about how we can help you find relief from your acute or chronic neck pain. 503-526-8782