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

17August 2020

In my practice, I've seen many patients with neck pain who have attempted shots, pills, rest and chiropractic treatment without any advantage. Fortunately is that there are reasons why these treatments fail, and there is something that has exceptional success in solving neck discomfort and

signs that come along with it. The reasons why pills, shots and the rest do not work long-term is due to the fact that they are not dealing with the reason why the neck pain is happening in the first place. So, while these treatments can be valuable momentarily considering that they attend to the signs you are having, long-lasting, they are not repairing what's causing the neck pain.

Likewise, chiropractic treatment can be helpful at first for some individuals, but it is just resolving part of the factor for the neck discomfort– which is why many people who receive chiropractic treatments wind up seeing their chiropractor for months or years, and after that eventually the chiropractic treatments lose their efficiency.

The factor for this is that numerous chiropractic practitioners address incorrect positioning of the neck vertebra by requiring the vertebra back into position (cracking your neck). While this can be practical, the concern is that the muscles along your spine were made to support the alignment of your spinal column.

So, if you continuously require the vertebra into position, but do not reinforce the muscles that keep the spinal column in the position in which it was created to be, the positioning of the vertebra just keeps coming out of position. This is why you see individuals that use chiropractic services return for months or years of treatment and lastly see that even that no longer helps their neck pain.

Physical treatment takes a different technique. We evaluate your neck and surrounding areas to discover what muscles are tight, which ones are weak, along the spinal column, along with what vertebra in the neck are out of position. We remedy the vertebra alignment in the neck (similar to chiropractic care) but then we manually extend the muscles that are tight along the spine, and bring back strength to the muscles that are weak along the spinal column and surrounding areas.

Restoring the flexibility and strength to the muscles that support the neck/spine is in fact what keeps the neck vertebra in place. This keeps you from having to come back to see your physical therapist for months or years; you should be done with physical treatment within 4-8 weeks, and after that as long as you keep up with the workout you are given, you should not require to keep returning for physical treatment for months or years.

If you are tired of experiencing neck discomfort for months or years and are ready to eliminate it, call today for your individually complimentary screen at 717-245-0400. One of our professional therapists will listen to the concerns you are having and tell you the next best step to require to resolve your neck discomfort now!

For more information on how to see your physiotherapist initially and return to doing the important things you need, desire and enjoy to do, visit our website at, where you will find information about knee, back, foot, neck and shoulder discomfort.

Steve Miller is the owner of Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy, which specializes in helping individuals ages 35 to 70-plus. His column will appear bi-monthly in the Thrive area of the Sentinel and on


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