Neck pain can be a disabling condition which may severely affect our daily lives and could also result in sleeplessness, chronic pain and depression.
Patients with neck pain often present with arm pain in a specific dermatomal, and/or myotomal, pattern resulting in weakness of specific muscles and altered sensation, paresthesia. This is typically known as radiculopathy, where one or more nerve root is/are affected; the general term for such condition is neuropathy.
In May 2013, the European Chiropractic Union (ECU) convention took place in Spain and amongst the many scientific topics, the ECU Research Council and the European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC), awarded the best research project presented by doctors of chiropractic with the aim to promote the effectiveness and safety of the chiropractic profession.
The first prize went to a Dutch research team who investigated the efficacy of cervical spinal manipulation on patients with MRI confirmed cervical disc herniation.
This prestigious award, also known as the EAC Jean Robert Research Prize, narrows the gap between various treatment options for patients suffering from cervical disc herniation which usually present with radiculopathy, neck and arm pain following the distribution ofthe involved nerve root.
Undoubtedly, this is a giant step forward concerning the management of patients with neck pain caused by cervical disc herniation.
A well deserved first price. Congratulations!