Blog, Chiropractic Research February 22, 2020

Chiropractic treatment of older adults with neck pain with or without headache or dizziness

A ChiroSecure Research Update

A recent study in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies looked at Chiropractic Treatment of Older Adults with Neck Pain with or without headache or dizziness.

In this first known study of its kind, investigating chiropractic care of older adults living with neck pain; 288 Australian chiropractors completed the survey, yielding a response rate of 36%.

Neck pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 1 in 5 people aged 70  years and older.

As reported by the surveyed chiropractors, the three most frequently used treatments for older adult patients presenting with neck pain were adjustment/manipulation of the thoracic spine, activator adjustment of the neck, and massage of the neck.

The findings indicated that this target group of patients (37.9%) may frequently integrate chiropractic care with other health services in order to manage their neck pain.

The favorable outcomes reported by participants of this study highlight a potential role for using non-pharmacological multimodal therapeutic approaches for the management of neck pain in older adults.

Further research should provide in-depth investigation of older patients’ experience and other patient-reported outcomes of chiropractic treatment.

Vindigni, D., Zark, L., Sundberg, T. et al. Chiropractic treatment of older adults with neck pain with or without headache or dizziness: analysis of 288 Australian chiropractors’ self-reported views. Chiropr Man Therap 27, 65 (2019).

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