Published inside the May 2006 publication of the peer reviewed scientific journal, The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, is a investigation that studied patients with acute neck pain and their results under chiropractic care.
Research workers listed the "aim" of the study as, "to determine the extent to which a group of patients with acute neck pain managed using chiropractic manipulative therapy (chiropractic adjustments) benefited from chiropractic care as well as the degree to which they were subsequently satisfied."
For this study 115 chiropractic patients had been contacted, of whom 94 became research participants. The breakdown ended up being 60 women (64%) and 34 men with the mean age being 39.6 years old. The average number of sessions that individuals in this study received was 24.5.
Participants in this study responded to a telephone survey to determine pre and post treatment pain levels and their level of satisfaction with the care they obtained. The patients used a 0 to 10 scale to rate pain, with 0 meaning that there was no pain and 10 would be the most severe pain imaginable.
The results with this group had been impressive with patient pain levels improving substantially from a mean of 7.6 (median, 8.0) before chiropractic adjustments to 1.9 (median, 2.0) following care. The participants were obviously very pleased with their outcomes and researchers were able to rate the overall patient satisfaction level at 94%.
The researchers concluded, "Patients with acute neck pain involved in this study seemed to be satisfied with chiropractic treatment and reported reductions in associated pain levels and activity restrictions."