Study shows manual therapy, physical therapy, or continued care by a General Practitioner is a favorable treatment option for patients with neck pain.
In daily practice, manual therapy is a favorable treatment option for patients with neck pain compared with physical therapy or continued care by a general practitioner.
Neck pain is a common problem in the general population, with point prevalences between 10% and 15%. It is most common at approximately 50 years of age and is more common in women than in men. Neck pain can be severely disabling and costly, and little is known about its clinical course.
Limited range of motion and a subjective feeling of stiffness may accompany neck pain, which is often precipitated or aggravated by neck movements or sustained neck postures. Headache, brachialgia, dizziness, and other signs and symptoms may also be present in combination with neck pain.
Although history taking and diagnostic examination can suggest a potential cause, in most cases the pathologic basis for neck pain is unclear and the pain is labeled nonspecific. Conservative treatment methods that are frequently used in general practice include analgesics, rest, or referral to a physical therapist or manual therapist. Physical therapy may include passive treatment, such as massage, interferential current, or heat applications, and active treatment, such as exercise therapies.
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