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. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is the neck pain sufferer’s partner in the path to Augusta neck pain relief.
NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN STAGES
A set of experts in the conservative management of cervical radiculopathy (neck-related arm pain) gathered to establish a list of effective non-surgical treatment modalities at different stages of pain (acute, subacute, chronic). The stage makes a difference. In the acute stage, more passive pain-relieving interventions – spinal manipulation, patient education, specific foraminal opening exercise, pain-relieving position - were thought important. As patients advance through subacute (boosted physical activity, supervised motor control, specific exercise, and neurodynamic mobilization) to chronic (general aerobic exercise, strength training), more individualized physical activity and self-management were described as important. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic agrees with this individualized plan and understands there is a careful balance between passive treatment and active exercise for most favorable results.
HOW MUCH TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN?
Thirty-seven experts set out to determine the proper dosage and kind of motor control and segmental exercise was optimal for chronic non-specific neck pain. They converged in agreement 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) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic fully agrees! We work with our Augusta neck pain patients to be sure the exercises work for them and their spinal condition and willingness to do the exercises.
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 revealed that (A) many exercise programs decrease pain and disability in the short term, (B) pillar exercises decrease pain and disability in the intermediate term, and (C) motor control plus segmental exercises deliver moderate to great pain reduction 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 seen in smartphone users were discussed in a comparison study: control, routine therapeutic exercise, (combined) routine therapeutic exercise with respiratory exercises. At 8 weeks, the combined group had significant differences in diaphragm muscle activation, respiratory balance, and number of breaths. (4) Pain and breathing can be compatible when performed the right way. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic works with each patient to determine what exercises are best for each patient’s stage of pain to improve each one’s condition.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Adam Propper on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration and exercise to deal with neck and arm pain.
Make your Augusta chiropractic appointment soon. We design 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].