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Chiropractic Research Review

Acute Neck Pain: Significant Relief, Satisfaction With Chiropractic Treatment

Neck pain, whether chronic or acute, is nearly as prevalent in the American adult population as back pain; estimates show that up to two-thirds of all American adults will suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives.

While millions of chiropractic manipulations are performed in the United States each year for the treatment of neck pain, relatively little investigative research has been conducted regarding the treatment of neck pain with chiropractic manipulation, and even less research has been conducted on the use of chiropractic care to treat acute neck pain.

The purpose of this two-part retrospective survey was to determine the extent to which patients with acute neck pain benefited from chiropractic manipulative therapy, and the degree to which they were satisfied with the care they received. Part one evaluated various aspects of chiropractors' treatment of 94 patients (60 women, 34 men; average age 39.6 years) suffering from acute neck pain. In part two, patients responded to a telephone survey to measure pre- and post-treatment pain levels, along with their level of satisfaction with the treatment they received.

Results: The main number of visits per patient was 24.5. Neck pain levels improved significantly among the patient population, from a mean of 7.5 pre-treatment to 1.9 immediately after treatment, and to 1.6 at the time of the patient interview, which suggested that improvements achieved during treatment "were long-lasting." Ninety-four percent of the patients reported being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the care they received.

Conclusion: "Patients with acute neck pain involved in this study seemed to be satisfied with chiropractic treatment and reported reductions in associated pain levels and activity restrictions. However, because of the study's design and limitations, care must be taken before drawing firm conclusions from the data presented."

Haneline MT. Symptomatic outcomes and perceived satisfaction levels of chiropractic patients with a primary diagnosis involving acute neck pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2006;29(4):288-296.

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