Patients With Acute Neck Pain Helped by Chiropractic - Study Shows
Published in the May 2006
issue of the peer reviewed scientific journal, The Journal of Manipulative
and Physiological Therapeutics, is a study that looked at patients with
acute neck pain and their results under chiropractic care.
Researchers listed the "aim" of this study as, "to determine the extent to
which a group of patients with acute neck pain managed with chiropractic
manipulative therapy (chiropractic adjustments) benefited from chiropractic
care and the degree to which they were subsequently satisfied."
For this study 115
chiropractic patients were contacted, of whom 94 became study participants.
The breakdown was 60 women (64%) and 34 men with the mean age being 39.6
years old. The average number of visits that patients in this study received
Participants in this study
responded to a telephone survey to measure pre and post treatment pain
levels and their level of satisfaction with the care they received.
The patients used a 0 to 10 scale to rate pain, with 0 meaning that there
was no pain and 10 was the worst pain imaginable.
The results with this group
was impressive with patient pain levels improving significantly from a mean
of 7.6 (median, 8.0) before chiropractic adjustments to 1.9 (median, 2.0)
after care. The participants were obviously very pleased with their
results and researchers were able to rate the overall patient satisfaction
level at 94%.
The researchers concluded,
"Patients with acute neck pain involved in this study seemed to be satisfied
with chiropractic treatment and reported reductions in associated pain
levels and activity restrictions."