Neck pain study reinforces use of chiropractic,other conservative options

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds spinal manipulative therapy(SMT) and exercise more effective at relieving neck pain than pain medication. The research reinforces the use of conservative care options like chiropractic as a first line of defense against pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association(ACA).

The Study divided participants into three groups that received either SMT from a doctor of chiropractic,pain medication(over-the-counter pain relievers,narcotics, and muscle relaxants),or exercise recommendations.

After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75-percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group.

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