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.
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