A Couple Of Ways To Decrease Your Neck Pain

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
man with pain needing chiropractic treatment

Here’s a study from 2011 about neck pain treatment. It’s a randomized controlled study showing the effectiveness of cervical manipulation and cold laser (low level laser) treatment for facet dysfunction.

First, let’s get a little bit of perspective on what a facet is. Here’s what we call a vertebral segment. This is one vertebra stack on another. You’ll see that the two bones articulate in the front through the soft disc. On the back side of the segment, the two vertebrae articulate with each other through the facets.

vertebral segment needing chiropractic treatment

It all works together like a sort of a puzzle if you will. These facets can jam or just simply become dysfunctional through activities of daily living. When that happens, discomfort, pain, muscle spasms, reduced range of motion, and reduced quality of life can follow.

Why They Did It

The goal was to find out the effectiveness of cervical manipulation combined with cold laser for the treatment of cervical facet syndrome. This condition is a common trigger for neck pain in otherwise healthy individuals.

How They Did It

  • 6 women were accepted into the study.
  • Their ages ranged between 18 and 40 yrs old.
  • They all suffered from cervical facet joint pain lasting more than 30 days.
  • Their treatments were randomized into 3 different protocol groups:
    1. Manipulation (Chiropractic)
    2. Cold laser
    3. A combination of the two treatments
  • The following Outcome Assessments were used to measure the results and effectiveness:
    1. Numeric Pain Rating Scale
    2. Neck Disability Index
    3. Cervical Range of Motion Instrument
    4. Baseline Digital Inclinometer
  • Measurements were taken in weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4.

What They Found

Significant improvements were found among all treatment groups, but most noticeably in group 3.

Wrap It Up

All 3 groups showed improvement, but a combination of manipulation and cold laser proved most effective. Both are proven to be viable treatment protocols for cervical facet syndrome.

Saayman L, et al. “Chiropractic manipulative therapy and low-level laser therapy in the management of cervical facet dysfunction: a randomized controlled study.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Mar-Apr;34(3):153-63.

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health! Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.

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The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
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