Dr. Matthew Gianforte
Neck pain is one of the top contributors to the epic levels of musculoskeletal pain issues costing up to $18 billion in lost wages per year. While your actual neck is relatively small, neck pain is a big deal and causes big pain. LifeWorks Integrative Health is your neck pain specialist for both acute and chronic. Auto accidents are a primary cause of neck pain due to the high incidence of neck involvement. Whiplash occurs when the force of a car accident moves the head backward and then forward. This causes misalignment to the spine and results in pain. Symptoms of whiplash may not occur for days or even weeks after the accident. Seeking preventative chiropractic care after a car accident can help you heal faster and prevent unnecessary pain, damage, and further injury. Should symptoms of whiplash appear weeks or months after a car accident and preventative care has not been established, seek care from a chiropractor as soon as possible. Common symptoms of whiplash are stiffness, soreness, poor range of motion, muscle spasms, and weakness in the neck.
When being treated for whiplash or neck pain, during the acute phase, gentle stretching and measures to decrease inflammation are the primary goal. Once inflammation is diminished, spinal manipulations (adjustments) are used to restore blood flow and motion to the spine. At LifeWorks Integrative Health, our team of neck pain specialists will assess your situation and develop the specialized plan for you. There is no one size fits all solution to neck pain, but there are solutions.
Neck Pain Research and Outcomes
Who you see first for neck pain can greatly impact your pain outcomes. Research has shown that the type of provider seen first for pain is a significant predictor of the duration of the pain. Types of providers include medical doctor, chiropractic doctor, and physical therapist. Chiropractic doctors are spine and neck specialists. They are most qualified, most highly trained, and provide the best outcomes for musculoskeletal pain. Don’t wait to until your pain is unbearable or causing long term damage to find the Shawnee neck pain doctor that can solve your pain, not just cover it up.
When it comes to actually solving pain, the medical literature is becoming more and more clear that chiropractic care is the best solution compared to medications primarily given by medical doctors. A study by Cifuentes, et al found a 250% decrease in disability duration (length of time out of work) with the use of chiropractic care compared to a medical doctor. A study done with female veterans who with neck and back pain found that chiropractic care decreased the use of opioid drugs in women. Given musculoskeletal injuries are the leading cause of disease for female veterans, this is no small finding. Also worth noting is that opioid deaths in female veterans has increased 400% since 1999 compared to a 285% increase in men.
Not only are the pain outcomes better in chiropractic care versus care of medical doctor, but chiropractic care for neck pain is literally saving lives when opioid drugs can be avoided as a means of dealing with pain.
Neck Pain in Older Adults
Seniors are a population experiencing the most chronic neck pain. A recent study found that 94% of participants found chiropractic adjustments to be worthwhile in treating their pain. In addition 0% or none reported there was anything they did not like about chiropractic care for their neck pain. The value of chiropractic adjustments is clearly high for seniors who experience chronic pain.
No matter your age, neck pain should not be ignored for any reason. Chronic or acute pain for any reason, and especially after a car accident should be treated first and primarily with chiropractic care. Multiple medical organizations, including Veteran health services and American College of Physicians recommend chiropractic care as treatment for pain instead of medications. LifeWorks Integrative Health is your chiropractor in Shawnee KS with a track record for getting people out of pain and back to the active life you deserve.