If you've ever had neck pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Neck pain is one of the top three reasons people visit a Doctor of Chiropractic. A number of research studies have shown chiropractic care can provide effective treatment. A recent study at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) may provide doctors of chiropractic information they can use when caring for patients suffering from neck pain.

"We're investigating the effects of carefully measured, manually applied forces delivered by doctors of chiropractic while treating patients with neck pain, using the Cox® Distraction technique," says M. Ram Gudavalli, Ph.D., principal investigator for the study and an associate professor at the PCCR. "In part, because of our research, one table manufacturer is incorporating force-sensing technology into a new model of Cox® Distraction table. This will allow doctors to monitor the forces generated by their hands as they deliver care to patients with neck pain. Our goal is to provide scientific evidence that helps doctors of chiropractic optimize key aspects of patient care."

This was a collaborative study with Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and Edward Hines, Jr. VA (Veterans Affairs) Hospital laboratories.

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