Non-surgical neck pain treatment alleviates
such cervical spine related pain. What does that treatment involve?
Researchers and clinicians struggle with that question all the
time. Where does the answer lie? With you, the neck
pain patient, the arm pain patient. The chiropractic treatment plan from the passive pain-relieving
treatment to the self-management tools are molded to each
individual neck pain sufferer. Spinal Care Clinic is the neck pain sufferer’s
partner in the path to Burlington and Hamilton neck pain relief.
NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN STAGES
A group of experts in the conservative management
of cervical radiculopathy (neck-related arm pain) convened to set
a list of effective non-surgical treatment modalities at different
stages of pain (acute, subacute, chronic). The stage matters.
In the acute stage, more passive pain-relieving interventions – spinal
manipulation, patient education, specific foraminal opening exercise,
pain-relieving position - were considered important. As
patients progress through subacute (increased
physical activity, supervised motor control, specific exercise, and neurodynamic
mobilization) to chronic (general aerobic exercise, strength training), more personalized
physical activity and self-management were described as important.
(1) Spinal Care Clinic agrees with this individualized plan and knows
there is a delicate balance between passive treatment and active
exercise for optimal outcomes.
HOW MUCH TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN?
Thirty-seven experts attempted to determine the proper dosage and kind of motor control and
segmental exercise was optimal for chronic non-specific neck pain. They agreed most that there were 3 dosage variables: intensity,
frequency, and reps. As for which exercise, dosage, procedure, progression,
etc., they agreed that prescribing exercise was complex and
must be individualized, acceptable, and feasible to the patient. (2)
Spinal Care Clinic wholeheartedly agrees! We work with our
Burlington and Hamilton neck pain patients to be sure the exercises
work for them and their spinal condition and willingness to do the
ACTIVE CARE OF NECK & ARM PAIN: Exercise
Exercise guidelines for chronic
non-specific neck pain have not been well stated. An
analysis of published studies on this topic showed
that (A) many exercise programs decrease pain and disability in
the short term, (B) pillar exercises reduce pain and disability
in the intermediate term, and (C) motor control plus segmental exercises produce
moderate to great pain decrease overall. Long term pain decreasing
exercise recommendations have not been studied. (3) Another
aspect of exercise for neck and arm pain patients is the respiratory aspect. Neck
pain and forward head posture as experienced by smartphone users
were discussed in a comparison study: control, routine
therapeutic exercise, (combined) routine therapeutic exercise with respiratory
exercises. After 8 weeks, the combined group had significant
differences in diaphragm muscle activation, respiratory balance, and number of
breaths. (4) Pain and breathing can be friends when done
the right way. Spinal Care Clinic works with each patient to see
what exercises are best for each patient’s stage of pain
to improve each one’s condition.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Adam
Propper on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates
The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration
and exercise to get relief of neck and arm pain.
Schedule your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic
appointment soon. We make a non-surgical treatment
plan with a mix of active exercise and passive care to help each of
our neck pain patients find relief]51].