Armstrong Chiropractic

Chiropractic for Neck Pain in Sacramento, CA

Over the years, Dr. Armstrong has helped many men and women in Sacramento, CA recover from chronic neck pain. This isn't unusual, as research shows that chiropractic care results in major results for 94% of neck pain patients. But how does chiropractic compare to other conventional therapies in the management of neck problems?

To answer that question, it's useful to look back at an important study from 2003 printed in the British Medical Journal. The research compared a variety of conservative treatments and concluded that manual therapy was the most cost-effective option for neck pain.

Researchers from the Netherlands were concerned with evaluating not only the expenses related with manual therapy but precisely how successfully manual therapy provided pain alleviation when compared to other treatments. They randomly assigned 183 patients with severe neck pain to receive treatment from manual therapists (MT), physiotherapists (PT), or general practitioners (GP).

The patients receiving manual therapy had the speediest improvement rate. After seven weeks of treatment, 68% of the MT group had healed, compared to 51% of the PT group and 36% of the GP group. These differences in recovery rates were still statistically significant after 26 weeks but not after 52 weeks.

To calculate costs of treatments, the researchers considered direct costs including visits to the healthcare provider and the prices of prescription drugs, together with secondary costs like work absences and travel time. The manual therapy group had significantly reduced costs, with patients spending only a third of the costs spent by patients in the PT and GP groups. Generally, manual therapy patients had about $611 in costs compared to $1773 in the physiotherapy group and $1885 in the general practitioner group (or 447 euros, 1297 euros, and 1379 euros, respectively). Only nine patients in the MT group reported missed work as a result of neck pain, compared to 12 in the PT group and fifteen in the GP group.

The decreased cost likely stemmed from the fact that MT patients were consuming considerably less prescription drugs and required fewer treatment interventions thanks to quicker recovery rates. The authors determined that manual therapy, specifically spinal mobilization, is less costly and more effective at treating neck pain than physical therapy or care from a general practitioner.

Dr. Armstrong has worked with many people who have been affected by neck pain. If you live in Sacramento, CA and would like to stop suffering from chronic neck pain, give our office a call at (916) 483-8441 for an assessment. We are located on the East side of town in Arden-Arcade.