Dr. Lea Kelley, DC, LAc, MTOM, DiplAc


Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better than Drugs Says New Study

Chronic pain impacts an estimates 76.5 million americans, one-third who describe their pain as severe or disabling (American Pain Foundation, Pain Facts and Stats). 

Among them, many suffer from neck pain, which is the third most common type of pain according to the American Pain Foundation. 

It is estimated that 70% of people will experience neck pain in their lives but research into effective treatments is surprisingly limited (Annals of Internal Medicine, January 3, 2012).

If you visit a physician for pain there is a good chance you will leave with a perscribition for pain medication. HOWEVER, there are better options than drugs for neck pain, not only in terms of pain relief, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that healing can truly occur. 

New Study Shows Exercises and Chiropractice Care Beat Drugs for Neck Pain.

According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain.

After following 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, those who used a chiropractor or exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication.


  • 32% who received chiropractic care became pain free
  • 30% of those who exercised became pain free
  • 13% of those treated with medication became pain free

Researchers concluded:

"For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT (spinal manipulation therapy) was more effective than medication in both the short term and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA (home exercise with advice) resulted in similar outcomes at most time points."

Want a demonstration of the 5 specific exercises to target chronic neck pain?  Contact Dr. Kelley today!