Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better than Drugs Says New Study

Chronic pain impacts an estimates 76.5 million americans, one-third who describe their pain as severe or disabling (American Pain Foundation, Pain Facts and Stats).

Among them, many suffer from neck pain, which is the third most common type of pain according to the American Pain Foundation.

It is estimated that 70% of people will experience neck pain in their lives but research into effective treatments is surprisingly limited (Annals of Internal Medicine, January 3, 2012).

If you visit a physician for pain there is a good chance you will leave with a perscribition for pain medication. HOWEVER, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur.

New Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractice Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain.

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.


  • 32% who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30% of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13% of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

"For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT (spinal manipulation therapy) was more effective than medication in both the short term and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA (home exercise with advice) resulted in similar outcomes at most time points."



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Conditions Chiropractic can help:

Allergies Ankle swelling Arm and shoulder pain, numbness tingling Arthritis Asthma Back pain, backache Blood pressure – high or low Bronchial conditions Bursitis Circulation, poor Colitis Colon, spastic Cough, chronic Constipation Diarrhea Disc problems Dizziness (Vertigo) Fatigue, chronic Feet, cold Feminine/female problems Gallbladder disorders Glandular Troubles Hay fever Headaches Hiccoughs Hip pain Impotence Indigestion Injuries – Auto, home, sports, work Insomnia Joint pain Kidney problems Knee pain Leg pain, cramps, tingling, numbness Liver problems Neck pain, stiffness Nervousness Neuralgia Prostate trouble Rheumatism Sciatica Shoulder pain Sinus trouble Sore throat Sports Injuries Stomach problems

Note from Dr. Kelley:
In my years of experience, people have come to me with many types of pain. I have found that pain is not just local, it comes from an imbalance of the spine, spinal curve, posture, and sometimes from the patient’s gait (how someone walks). To get to the root of the problem, I also evaluate the patient’s diet, stress level, medication use, emotional state and their daily activities. In addition, I integrate a Chinese medicine and an acupuncture evaluation. These approaches are a perfect marriage to pain-relief and overall health and well-being.

I prefer manual manipulation (Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy) as my chiropractic therapy of choice which works beautifully right after each acupuncture session.

Above all, I like to meet each patient on his or her comfort level. Acupuncture or chiropractic can be done alone or as a single therapy.