Friday, July 29, 2016

Neck Pain Treatment

    The Journal of Rheumatology published a study entitled "Conservative Management of Mechanical Neck Disorders: A Systematic Review."  In this study, the authors reviewed  88 high quality research studies to investigate conservative (non-surgical) treatment of musculoskeletal conditions of the neck.

     The treatment types studied included manual therapies, physical medicine methods, medication and patient education.  The authors evaluated these treatment methods in terms of relieved pain, improved function/disability, patient satisfaction, and global perceived effect in adults with new and old musculoskeletal neck conditions.

     The study showed strong evidence of benefit for maintained pain reduction, improved function and positive global perceived effect favoring exercise plus manipulation for new and old musculoskeletal neck conditions.  There was only moderate evidence of long term benefit for exercise therapy alone.  Many of the other treatments studied (such as anti-inflammation medication, traction, ultrasound, acupuncture, massage) demonstrated only short term effects.  Interestingly, this study noted moderate evidence of no benefit from Bo-Tox injections.

     Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard.  For more information you can visit our website at  If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by phone.  You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.

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