Chiropractic care — risks and benefits of spinal manipulation for neck pain
Patients with chronic neck pain may benefit from chiropractic care to relieve the pain associated with their spine condition. Chiropractors have often been the first choice for patients seeking relief from chronic neck pain and the typical symptoms associated with neck conditions, such as pain and numbness in the arm, jaw and face, and migraines.
Chiropractors help treat spine conditions through the use of spinal manipulation — a very precise practice where the spine is manually realigned using quick, swift motions. For mild spine conditions, this method is very effective for realigning the spine and reducing the symptoms associated with the spine condition.
Risks and advantages of spinal manipulation in the neck
Chiropractic care is considered low-risk and very safe because the methods of treatment are non-invasive. Chiropractors believe that the body and the spine are able to heal on their own, as long as everything is in the right place. The spinal adjustments move the components of the spine into alignment so the body can take over and heal itself from there. For most people, the manipulation process is quick and painless, with lasting results.
However, as with any method of treatment, there are some risks involved. Before any spinal manipulation is performed on your neck, make sure your chiropractor has completed a neurological test on you to ensure your body can handle the manipulation process. Unfortunately, there is a small risk of stroke when undergoing spinal manipulation of the neck, but that can often be avoided by accurate neurological testing prior to the spinal manipulation.
When choosing a chiropractor to treat your spine condition and neck pain, review each chiropractor’s background and search for any records of patient complications. Most chiropractic adjustments occur with no complications, but you should always research the chiropractor before trusting your spine to him/her.
Beyond spinal manipulation for pain relief
Most mild spine conditions that affect the neck respond well to chiropractic care. However, if you have been receiving chiropractic care for some time and have not found any lasting relief from your pain, you may want to consider an alternative method of treatment.
We encourage you to reach out to our care team at Laser Spine Institute. We can help you learn about alternative treatment options, including other conservative methods or surgical treatment for your neck pain. Our minimally invasive surgery is a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. We are here to help you make an informed decision about your spine care needs.