Neck pain


Cost Effectiveness of Common Treatments for Neck Pain.
This study, performed in the Netherlands, was designed to determine the most cost-effective and successful intervention for neck pain.

- Manual therapy (hands-on techniques including spinal mobilization) for the treatment of neck pain was more cost effective than individualized exercise therapy or care by a general practitioner (education, counseling, drugs).

- The clinical outcome measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physical therapy and general practitioner care.

- The cost effectiveness ratios and the cost utility ratios showed that manual therapy was less costly and more effective than physiotherapy or general practitioner care.


- Manual therapy had significantly lower costs and better results on re-evaluation at 52 weeks compared with physical therapy and general practitioner care.

Korthals-de Bos IB, Hoving JL, van Tulder MW, Rutten-van Molken MP, Ader HJ, de Vet HC, Koes BW, Vondeling H, Bouter LM. Ann Intern Med 2002; 136: 713722
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Chiropractic "Only Proven Effective Treatment" for Chronic Whiplash
A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine not only points out the superiority of chiropractic care for chronic whiplash, but also examines which chronic whiplash patients respond best to chiropractic care.

The patients in the study underwent an average of 19 adjustments over the course of 4 months. In their discussion, the authors made these observations:

- "Our results confirm the efficacy of chiropractic, with 69 of our 93 patients (74%) improving following treatment."

- "The results from this study provide further evidence that chiropractic is an effective treatment for chronic whiplash symptoms."


Khan S, Cook J, Gargan M, Bannister G. A symptomatic classification of whiplash injury and the implications for treatment. Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine 1999;21(1):22-25.



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