Miniscalpel Needle Release for neck pain
Chronic neck pain comes in many forms. It can be a persistent stiffness, a nagging ache that gets worse as the day gets older, or it can even radiate down the arm, all the way to the hands and fingers. Range of motion is often limited to the point where one can has difficulty turning the head. And just as there are many forms of chronic neck pain, there are just as many causes. These causes include herniated disks, pinched nerves, bone and joint abnormalities, and even as a symptom of other diseases.
Many people believe that chronic neck pain is part of the aging process. While there may be some truth to this, the fact is that, in a recent poll, 65% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 have either experienced chronic neck pain, or someone close to them, had experienced chronic neck pain in the past year.
Regardless of why one experiences chronic neck pain chiropractic methods and drugs can only do so much, if anything at all. In some cases, surgery isn’t an option. Patients are often left to suffer through neck pain with little hope of any lasting relief. However, in light of a new study, it appears that the insertion of miniscalpel needles into troubled areas may provide the relief patients are seeking.
Effects of Miniscalpel-Needle Release
The miniscalpel is similar to an acupuncture needle, except that it has a flat tip shaped like the blade of a scalpel. Miniscalpel-needle release (MSN) is a technique in which a miniscalpel is inserted into areas affected by chronic pain or soft tissue damage and then moved up and down 3 to 5 times without rotation before being removed. While this technique has shown promise in short-term relief, there hasn’t been enough data available to tell if MSN provided long-term relief for chronic neck pain. Recently, a group of researchers formed in order to determine if MSN was the key to long-term relief.
The research team complied medical records of 180 patients who had received weekly MSN treatments for chronic neck pain. They found that 12 months after the last MSN treatment, only 53 of the patients required message or pain relievers on a regular basis to manage their pain. On the other hand, 127 patients reported lasting positive results. Researchers concluded that MSN release is effective in treating chronic neck pain, though further study is needed, because of a lack of a group to compare the results to.
Miniscalpel-Needle Release vs. Acupuncture
A recent study was conducted in order to compare results between MSN and traditional acupuncture for chronic neck pain. For the study, a total of 169 patients were evaluated for pain on a 10-point scale and quality of life. They were then randomly given a series of either MSN or acupuncture treatments. At 3 months and 6 months after treatments the patients were again evaluated for pain and quality of life. Overall, patients receiving MSN reported a higher reduction in pain (2 points at 3 months and 0.9 points at 6 months) than those that received acupuncture, as well as a higher improvement in quality of life.
Miniscalpel versus steroids.
Another study tested the effect miniscalpel needle therapy on heel pain (planta fasciitis). Two groups of patients were enrolled onto the study. Half were given steroids and the rest were given miniscalpel needle treatment. Both the steroid group and the miniscalpel group showed significant reduction of pain after one month follow up. At the 12 month follow up only the miniscalpel group continued to show a reduction of pain.