According to a paper published in the prestigious medical journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, chiropractic care is significantly more effective than medication for neck pain.
The experiment enrolled 272 people, ages 18 to 65, who had suffered from neck pain for two to 12 weeks. They were randomly assigned to one of three intervention groups: 1) chiropractic care, 2) medication, or 3) home exercise. Treatment lasted for 12 weeks.
The medications given included common muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. Opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and morphine were also prescribed.
Standard medical tests were conducted to assess improvement at 2, 4, 8, 12, 26 and 52 weeks after the study began.
Results revealed that chiropractic care had a statistically significant advantage over medication after 8, 12, 26 and 52 weeks. Home exercise was also superior to medication at 26 weeks. In addition, members of the medication group reported significantly more adverse reactions and were dramatically more likely to increase medication usage (Ann Intern Med 2012:1-10).Dr. De Bruin at De Bruin Chiropractic in South Scottsdale has been in practice for more than 25 years and utilizes very gentle techniques in treating neck pain.