In a recent study titled “Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain” published in the Annals of Internal Medicine it was noted that mechanical neck pain is a common condition that affects an estimated 70% of persons at some point in their lives. Little research exists to guide the choice of therapy for acute and subacute neck pain. The purpose of the study was to determine the relative efficacy of spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), medication, and home exercise with advice (HEA) for acute and subacute neck pain in both the short and long term. For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT was more effective than medication in both the short and long term.  
Published: January 3, 2012 vol. 156 no. 1 Part 1  1-10