If you suffer from neck pain, you're not alone. An estimated 70% of the population experiences neck pain at some point in their lifetime.  While there are many potential treatments available, the comparative effectiveness of the varied treatments has not been well researched.  However, a recent study published in the medical journal The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that chiropractic care is a more effective treatment for neck pain than medication.

Research Results

The above mentioned study involved 272 patients with acute or sub-acute neck pain. Participating patients were given one of three treatments: chiropractic care, medication, or exercise under the direction of a medical professional. After 12 weeks of treatment, those who received chiropractic care or exercise therapy experienced the most significant reduction in pain. In addition, participant-rated pain was measured periodically for one year following treatment.

The results of the study showed that patients treated with chiropractic and patients receiving exercise therapy reported complete pain relief more than two times more than the patients who received medication. The study confirmed that chiropractic and exercise were the most effective treatments in both the short and long term.

Lasting Benefits

Chiropractic patients found that these benefits lasted a year or more, showing that chiropractic care can provide long-term relief of neck pain. The researchers believe the success of chiropractic treatment stems from its ability to address the causes of neck pain, rather than solely treating the symptoms of neck pain.

If you or someone you know is experiencing neck pain, consider chiropractic treatment instead of drugs to relieve the pain.  Don't wait to address the underlying issues of neck pain. Contact Patrick Chiropractic at 919-790-2288 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dale Patrick. 


Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y, Grimm RH. Spinal Manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine  2012;156(1):1-10.

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