A new study published on January 3, 2012, in The Annals of Internal Medicine, proved that chiropractic adjustments outperformed pain killers in the treatment of neck pain.
Three groups were established: a group that received chiropractic adjustments, a group that received painkillers, and a group that were given home exercises. The chiropractic patients showed a 75% reduction in pain for 57% of the participants. The exercise group had 48% reporting pain relief, and the narcotic group only had 33% reporting improvement in the symptoms.
In most neck pain patients if the cause is biomechanical in nature, then it will require manual therapy to treat it. The painkillers will help relieve the symptoms in the short term, but for long lasting effects, and to correct the problem, I highly urge you to consider chiropractic care for neck pain.
Long term use of narcotics can be addictive and studies prove that they do not solve the problem. They merely mask the problem until a new one arises. Chiropractic care helps re-establish the normal function of your musculoskeletal system in an effort to reduce inflammation and irritation on the nervous system. If you are suffering from neck pain, schedule your next appointment before it is too late.