It is estimated that nearly 70% of individuals will experience neck pain at same point in their life. This makes neck pain incredibly common, but that does not mean it should be considered normal.
If you visit a primary care physician for pain, there’s a very good chance you’ll leave with a prescription for a medication, such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), acetaminophen (Tylenol), a muscle relaxant (Flexeril or Diazepam) or even an opioid (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.), though opiods are being prescribed less frequently due to the highly publicized addiction problems they can pose. The combination of NSAIDs and muscle relaxants tend to be the go-to treatment for musculoskeletal pain in the offices of most general practice or family practice doctors.
However, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur.
New research supports chiropractic care and exercise, instead of medications, for neck pain in both the short term and long term! The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, can be found here. The results of this study were quite amazing!
“Individuals in the chiropractic and exercise groups are more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those in the medication group.”
Researchers studied 272 individuals with neck pain over a 12-week period, dividing participants into three groups: medication, chiropractic care, and home exercises with instructions. Chiropractic care and exercise outperformed medication after 8, 12, 26, and 52 weeks, with individuals in the chiropractic and exercise groups more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those in the medication group. More specifically, 32% of individuals who received chiropractic care reported being pain free, 30% of individuals given home exercises reported being pain free, and only 13% of individuals treated with medication reported being pain free.
If you’re experiencing neck pain, we want to help you get out of pain and back to the activities you enjoy! We also want to show you the best exercises and other ways to stay pain free.