Neck pain is a common condition experienced by most people at some point in their lives. Neck pain and shoulder could be the result of bursitis, a pinched nerve, arthritis, whiplash, tendinitis, a herniated disc, or a rotator cuff injury. Even assuming poor posture at the computer or while watching TV can cause neck pain.
Usually, when pain sets in, people head straight to a pharmacy for medication. However, a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that chiropractic and exercise are better neck pain management solutions than medicine.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study used a sample of 272 patients aged 18 to 65 years in the early stages of neck pain. They were treated using three different methods: medication, home exercise with advice from a physical therapist, and chiropractic care. Twelve weeks later, it was found that the patients under chiropractic or who exercised were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication such as over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics, and muscle relaxants.
If you have neck pain, make sure you get the right treatment in the initial stages. Locate a professional pain management center that has a team of chiropractors, physical therapists, neurologists, and other healthcare providers on its staff. This team of specialists can devise a personalized treatment plan based on your specific conditions, which may include spinal manipulation which is a manual therapy for neck pain and low back pain conditions, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, radiofrequency radio ablation, exercise programs and medications. You would also be given advice on improving posture and other preventive measures to reduce future risk of neck pain.