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Chiropractic Care, Medication, and Self-Care for Neck Pain

Information source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on March 21, 2008
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Neck Pain

Intervention: Chiropractic spinal manipulation (Procedure); Acetaminophen (Drug); Self-care (Behavioral); Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) (Drug); Tylenol with codeine (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Summary

This study will compare the effectiveness of chiropractic care, medications, and self-care on neck pain, a very common condition. The broad, long-term objective of this study is to identify effective therapies for neck pain sufferers and to increase understanding of neck pain conditions.

Clinical Details

Official title: Chiropractic Care, Medication, and Self-Care for Neck Pain

Study design: Treatment

Detailed description: Neck pain is very common, with considerable socioeconomic consequences. Although some therapies appear promising, there are too few randomized clinical trials of sufficient quality to support the use of one therapy over another. This is especially true for acute/subacute neck pain. Although commonly treated with prescription medications, neck pain sufferers are increasingly seeking relief through complementary and alternative medicine therapies, such as chiropractic spinal manipulation. Little is known, however about the short- and long-term relative efficacy of these therapies and how they compare to giving patients simple advice on self-care.

The broad, long-term objective of this research is to identify effective therapies for neck pain sufferers and to increase our understanding of neck pain conditions. This randomized, observer-blinded clinical trial is a unique collaborative effort by experienced chiropractic and medical researchers and will focus on patients with acute/subacute neck pain (<12 weeks duration). The study will determine the relative efficacy of chiropractic spinal manipulation, prescription medication, and self-care advice for neck pain in both the short term (after 6 weeks) and long term (after 52 weeks), using patient-rated neck pain as the main indicator of success.

Eligibility

Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Both.

Criteria:

Exclusion Criteria:

- Pregnant women, due to use of diagnostic procedures (x-rays) and study treatments

(NSAIDs and narcotic medications)

Locations and Contacts

Northern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: September 2001
Ending date: May 2007
Last updated: January 23, 2008

Page last updated: March 21, 2008

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