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Manual Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Continued Care by a General Practitioner for Patients with Neck Pain. A Randomized, Controlled Trial

Neck pain is a common problem, but the effectiveness of frequently applied conservative therapies has never been directly compared. For some nagging neck pain, so-called manual therapy may be more effective than exercise, painkillers and other standard treatments.

This "hands-on" technique, in which the neck is adjusted to improve mobility, worked better than exercise therapy by a physical therapist or routine care from a general practitioner for patients with neck pain due to muscle or joint strain.

 

In daily practice, manual therapy with specific adjustments is a favorable treatment option for patients with neck pain compared with physical therapy or continued care by a general practitioner.

Hoving JL, Koes BW et al.   Ann Intern Med 2002 (May 21); 136 (10): 713-722