Subclinical Neck Pain Impairs Cognitive Ability Which Can Be Improved By Chiropractic Treatment: A Four Week Longitudinal Study With A Healthy Control Group Comparison | 53861
Journal of Pain & Relief
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The research objective was to determine if the cognitive effects of neck pain could be reduce significantly with the chiropractic
treatment. The research methods included the recruitment of 42 right handed subjects between ages of 18 and 45 years.
28 of these subjects had neck pain, and 14 subjects were without neck pain and were used as healthy controls. The neck pain
group was split into two groups which were the “treatment” and “control” groups. Each subject completed 3 different cognitive
tests which were the intra/extra dimensional test (IED), rapid visual processing (RVP) test and the spatial span (SSP) test
using Cambridge Cognition software. Subjects were tested before and after 4 weeks. During those 4 weeks the neck pain
treatment group received chiropractic treatment. The research outcomes were a significant difference between the healthy
subject’s baseline and the neck pain subject’s baseline (neck pain control and treatment groups) during the RVP test. There was
a significant difference between the neck pain control group and the neck pain treatment group in the RVP and IED findings.
For the SSP findings, there was a significant difference between the healthy subject’s baseline and the neck pain subject’s
baseline. The interpretation is at baseline that the subclinical neck pain individuals performed worse than the healthy controls
on the RVP, IED and the SSP tests of cognitive function. The working population can have reduced cognitive processing due to
low grade neck pain which can increase workplace errors, affecting the safety and productivity.