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
Sponsored by: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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
Official title: Chiropractic Care, Medication, and Self-Care for Neck Pain
Study design: Treatment
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.
Minimum age: 18 Years.
Maximum age: 65 Years.
- 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
Starting date: September 2001
Ending date: May 2007
Last updated: January 23, 2008