Why Physio on the NHS is still a Pain in the Neck

Neck pain is something that most people experience in their lives. Some may even have had road traffic accidents or had “whiplash” injuries. For many years NHS physiotherapy have prescribed  “Patient Education” as the best course of care for these problems. This would usually be verbal instruction, demonstration and leaflets on neck pain and suggested exercises. Clients frequently come to us saying something like,

“I went up the hospital for physio and they did nothing! They just gave me some exercises.”

On Examination we invariably find a combination of problems like joint dysfunction, muscle injury, scar tissue and postural changes that are not going to disappear with a few exercises.

Neck Pain - Exercises Not Enough

Neck Pain – Exercises Often Not Enough

So, it’s no surprise to me that a recent study found that “patient education alone cannot be expected to yield large benefits in clinical effectiveness compared with other conservative interventions for patients with Whiplash-Associated Disorders (WAD) or Neck and Associated Disorders (NAD).”

If you or a loved one has had a whiplash in jury or experiences frequent Neck Pain, it may be a sign of a more serious problem. See your doctor of chiropractic and get it checked out. You may find that, like the millions of people worldwide who see chiropractors, that you get rid of your neck pain and move a whole lot better.

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