Neck pain is a stubborn diagnosis. Approximately 50%–85% of individuals do not experience complete resolution of symptoms. Some of them may go on to develop chronic discomfort. At this point neck pain is often unresponsive to treatment. Your doctor will prescribe you medication to manage it.
Researchers at Duke University and University of North Carolina observe that doctors are over-prescribing medication for the treatment of chronic neck pain.
They found that more than 56 per cent of neck pain patients were using over-the-counter medications, while 29 per cent reported using strong narcotics and 23 per cent used weak narcotics.
“Rehabilitation conditioning and acupuncture studies have shown to be effective treatments that were less frequently used by patients with chronic neck pain.” commented Dr Adam Goode, who led the study.
Published in November issue of Arthritis Care and Research, the study noted that some effective treatments were being overlooked in favour of other over-used options.