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Neck pain affects 15% of Americans, according to a report by the American Pain Foundation. Interestingly, the same report mentions that less than 2% of the NIH research budget is dedicated to pain.
At CureTogether, 2,180 people with neck pain came together to do their own research on the comparative effectiveness of 27 different treatments. Here are the current results of this ongoing study.
Patients rate Myofascial release, Yoga, and Massage as the most effective treatments for their neck pain (see the top points on the chart above.)
The treatments that help the least, at the bottom of the chart, are: Soft collar, Tempurpedic pillow, and Corticosteroid injections.
As in many of our other studies, it is non-drug treatments that are rated most highly among patients.
The rest of the results are in the graph above, which is divided into four squares…
- Top right: the most popular and effective treatments (including massage and chiropractic)
- Top left: effective treatments that not many people have tried, so they may be options to think about (including myofascial release and yoga)
- Lower right: very popular but not very effective (including exercise and acetaminophen)
- Lower left: neither popular nor effective (including soft collar and corticosteroid injections)
Where did this data come from? This is the result of a 3-year CureTogether study on Neck Pain. To thank everyone for participating, we’re publishing this study openly and freely.
This is part of our regular series of research findings. Of course, with each of these findings, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. Every research study has some bias, so we present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research.
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