Chiropractor In Amarillo – Neck Pain, Is Chiropractic The Answer?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

“Neck pain is a mechanical problem, and it makes sense that mechanical treatment works better than a chemical one.”
Dr. Lee Green, Professor of Family Medicine, University of Michigan

The chances are, at some time in your life, you are going to be affected by neck pain. The chances are actually up to about 70% that you will experience neck pain and neck problems. Sometimes there are reasons. Let’s take me for example. I played football from 3rd grade through college. That is a specific reason that I will always have a tendency toward having neck pain. A car wreck is another example of a specific reason for someone to have neck pain. More often though, patients are unable to assign a specific reason for their neck pain. We feel like it would be great to know what neck related symptoms are the most likely to respond favorably to chiropractic manipulation.

In a large study, data from 20,000 patients receiving about 29,000 treatments, was collected and analyzed to find out what complaints responded well to chiropractic treatment. What the researchers discovered was that there were 7 conditions to consider and having any 4 of these 7 conditions predicted an immediate improvement in 70-95% of these patients! That’s incredibly significant!

The 7 conditions are:

  1. Neck pain
  2. Shoulder, arm pain
  3. Reduced neck, shoulder, arm movement
  4. Stiffness
  5. Headache
  6. Upper, mid back pain
  7. None or one presenting symptom

Conditions not necessarily associated with immediate response include numbness, tingling upper limbs, and fainting, dizziness or light-headedness.

This indicates that a favorable response was effected 70-95% of the time which mirrors what we see here at APACC. People get better. Almost all patients get better!

Here is a short synopsis of what we do when a patient walks through our doors. We have you fill out the preliminary information including a history of the complaint. Where is the pain? What started the pain? How long has it hurt?  What makes it worse? What is the quality of the pain? Does it stay in one spot or shoot down your arm or arms? What is the severity? Then we’ll do a screening, meaning that we will try to decide quickly whether or not you are a candidate for chiropractic treatment, medical treatment, or both. IF you are a chiropractic patient, we will then perform a neurological and orthopedic exam, range of motion, and posture study. X-rays or other special tests may also be requested if needed. After putting all of the puzzle pieces together, we discuss the patient’s condition and can proceed with getting them out of pain and back into their life.

Treatments may include:

  1. Adjustments
  2. Trigger point therapy or massage
  3. Physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, hold/cold packs, intersegmental traction
  4. Cold laser or low level laser therapy – The new big daddy of therapies. Cold laser is being used on a wide range of conditions with amazing results.
  5. Posture correction exercises and other home exercises
  6. Job modifications

As one can see, we have lots of tools available to chiropractors these days and, in the hands of an experienced chiropractor, they are proving to be effective at getting patients out of pain and back to their life immediately! We believe there is a better way than sitting in the emergency room for hours and masking the pain with pain killers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxers. Those medications have their place when necessary but neck pain is normally a mechanical problem and it makes sense that the solution is mechanical rather than chemical.

We believe that the right choice can change everything!

PS – Thanks to Ben Altadonna’s informational article for this blog’s inspiration and information.