Ask Your Physical Therapist: Chiropractic, pills, shots don’t help with neck pain – Carlisle Sentinel

17August 2020

featured_button_text In my practice, I've seen many patients with neck pain who have actually attempted shots, pills, rest and chiropractic treatment without any benefit. The good news is that there are reasons that these treatments stop working, and there is something that has excellent success in resolving neck pain and

signs that come along with it. The reasons that tablets, shots and the rest do not work long-term is since they are not attending to the reason why the neck discomfort is happening in the first location. So, while these treatments can be useful briefly because they resolve the signs you are having, long-lasting, they are not repairing what's causing the neck pain.

Likewise, chiropractic treatment can be valuable at first for some people, but it is just addressing part of the factor for the neck discomfort– which is why many people who receive chiropractic treatments wind up seeing their chiropractic physician for months or years, and after that ultimately the chiropractic treatments lose their effectiveness.

The factor for this is that lots of chiropractors attend to incorrect positioning of the neck vertebra by forcing the vertebra back into position (cracking your neck). While this can be useful, the concern is that the muscles along your spine were made to support the positioning of your spine.

So, if you constantly require the vertebra into position, however don't strengthen the muscles that keep the spine in the position in which it was designed to be, the alignment of the vertebra simply keeps coming out of position. This is why you see people that utilize chiropractic services return for months or years of treatment and finally discover that even that no longer assists their neck discomfort.

Physical therapy takes a different method. We examine your neck and surrounding locations to discover what muscles are tight, which ones are weak, along the spinal column, as well as what vertebra in the neck are out of position. We correct the vertebra positioning in the neck (just like chiropractic care) however then we manually extend the muscles that are tight along the spinal column, and restore strength to the muscles that are weak along the spine and surrounding areas.

Bring back the versatility and strength to the muscles that support the neck/spine is actually what keeps the neck vertebra in location. This keeps you from having to come back to see your physical therapist for months or years; you should be finished with physical therapy within 4-8 weeks, and after that as long as you keep up with the workout you are provided, you shouldn't need to keep returning for physical therapy for months or years.

If you are tired of experiencing neck pain for months or years and are all set to get rid of it, call today for your individually totally free screen at 717-245-0400. Among our specialist therapists will listen to the problems you are having and inform you the next best step to take to fix your neck discomfort now!

To learn more on how to see your physical therapist initially and get back to doing the things you require, desire and like to do, visit our website at, where you will find details about knee, back, foot, neck and shoulder discomfort.

Steve Miller is the owner of Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy, which concentrates on assisting people ages 35 to 70-plus. His column will appear bi-monthly in the Thrive section of the Sentinel and on


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