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 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, numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle spasms, headaches and dizziness.

Chiropractors help treat spine conditions through the use of spinal manipulation — a very precise practice where the spine is manually realigned using swift motions. For mild spine conditions, this method is very effective for realigning the spine and reducing the symptoms associated with the spine condition. To learn more about how spinal manipulation and other forms of treatment can ease your chronic pain and discomfort, read the following article.

Risks and advantages of spinal manipulation in the neck

Chiropractic care is considered low-risk because the methods of treatment are noninvasive. 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. In rare cases, 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 neck condition, 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 you trust him or her to adjust your spine.

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 several weeks or months and have not found any lasting relief from your pain, you may want to consider an alternative method of treatment. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn about our clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^

We encourage you to reach out to our team at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery and offers a shorter recovery period as well as a lower risk of complication.^ We are here to help you make an informed decision about your spine care needs.

Since 2005, Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you would be a potential candidate for our minimally invasive procedures to relieve neck pain, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*