It isn't uncommon to see neck pain clients in our Arlington office, and Dr. Ernst helps treat a lot of them. While it may seem like a lot of visits would be necessary in order to obtain such positive results, a great deal of our patients experience relief in just one visit, which is the same effect that has been found in various research studies.
A comprehensive review of clinical trials involving neck pain was completed and published in The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. After studying all of the information available (which included six spinal manipulation trials, four spinal mobilization/non-manipulative therapy trials, and one ischemic compression trial), the authors concluded that "medium-to-high quality evidence" existed that demonstrated that a single session of chiropractic care was useful to those who suffered with neck pain.
This same conclusion was reached in another study which was released by The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. In this case, a woman who was 46 years of age had neck surgery (which involved fusion), yet still presented with pain, headaches, and muscle fatigue.
After just one session of chiropractic adjustments which focused on manipulating her thoracic spine, she reported an improvement in both her neck pain and the intensity of her headaches. This same benefit continued after each thoracic spine thrust manipulation session, with the patient stating that her pain was a zero on a 1 to 10 scale at the conclusion of the study. Long term benefits of chiropractic adjustments for neck pain have been found as well.
An additional study has found long term positive effects of chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. This particular study involved 50 adult Swiss patients with neck and arm pain due to the herniation of a disc in their neck area.
Each one engaged in chiropractic therapy using high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulations, with data being collected at various intervals; namely, two weeks, one month, and three months after the study first began. At the two week mark, 55.3 percent reported improvement. That amount rose to 68.9 percent one month into the treatments, and increased again to 85.7 percent when data was collected at three months.
The Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders, which was established in 2000, has reported that "most people can expect to experience some neck pain in their lifetimes." Furthermore, annually, 11 to 14.1 percent of all workers report that pain to this particular area of their body is strong enough to limit their activities. This makes dealing with this condition critical in promoting a better quality of life at home and work.
To find out what Dr. Ernst can do to help you lessen your neck pain, call our office in Arlington and schedule an appointment today. Your health is our priority!
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