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A recent study suggests that chiropractic can help patients with arthritis suffering from neck pain.
The case study included ten older adults with atlanto-axial arthritis. This condition occurs when a subluxation of the alanto-axial joints in the neck causes reduced range of motion and pain in the neck, back of the head, and over the eye.
In the study, the patients were treated by a chiropractor with a combination of mobilization device therapy and chiropractic neck adjustments. By the end of treatment, radiologic imaging revealed that 60% of patients had restored alignment of the alanto-axial joints. Ninety percent patients had better neck range of motion and the average patient had 60% improvement in pain.
These finding suggest that chiropractic can provide safe, natural relief for older adults suffering from neck arthritis. Earlier research has also shown that chiropractic can reduce arthritis in the hands,knees, and hip.
Yu H, Hou S, Wu W, He X. Upper cervical manipulation combined with mobilization for the treatment of atlantoaxial osteoarthritis: a report of 10 cases. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2011;34(2):131-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2010.12.005.