Full Motion Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care Is The Most Economic Choice for Neck Pain


Over the years, Dr. Sagedahl has helped many people in Hopkins, MN heal from chronic neck pain. This isn't unusual, as research shows that chiropractic care leads to major results for 94% of neck pain patients. But how does chiropractic contrast to other conservative treatments in the management of neck pain?

To answer this question, it's helpful to look back at an important study from 2003 published in the British Medical Journal. The research investigated a variety of conservative therapies and concluded that manual therapy was the most cost-effective alternative for neck pain.

Investigators from the Netherlands were focused on analyzing not only the expenses related with manual therapy but how successfully manual therapy provided pain relief compared to other treatment options. They randomly assigned 183 patients with acute neck pain to receive care from manual therapists (MT), physiotherapists (PT), or general practitioners (GP).

The people who received manual therapy had the quickest improvement rate. After 7 weeks of treatment, 68% of the MT group had healed, as opposed to 51% of the PT group and 36% of the GP group. These variances in improvement rates were still statistically significant after 26 weeks but not after 52 weeks.

To calculate costs of treatments, the authors considered direct costs such as appointments with the healthcare provider and the costs of prescription medications, in addition to secondary expenses such as work missed and travel time. The manual therapy group had significantly lower costs, with patients spending only a third of the costs spent by patients in the PT and GP groups. On average, manual therapy patients had roughly $611 in costs compared to $1773 in the physiotherapy group and $1885 in the general practitioner group (or 447 euros, 1297 euros, and 1379 euros, respectively). Only nine patients in the MT group documented missed work due to neck pain, compared to twelve in the PT group and fifteen in the GP group.

The decreased cost likely stemmed from the fact that MT patients were consuming significantly less prescription drugs and needed fewer treatment interventions as a result of quicker recovery rates. The researchers determined that manual therapy, particularly spinal mobilization, is less costly and more effective at treating neck pain than physical therapy or treatment from a general practitioner.

Dr. Sagedahl has worked with many people who have been affected by neck pain. If you live near Hopkins, MN and would like to stop experiencing chronic neck pain, give our office a call at (612) 655-3073 for an appointment.