Recent studies show that at any given time more than 10% of Americans are suffering from neck pain. The neck is comprised of many delicate and pain sensitive structures, and is frequently exposed to abuse and stress that may result in neck pain. Some common factors involved in neck pain are incomplete recovery from past injuries, poor posture, and prolonged sitting. Regular spinal alignments generally help to prevent neck pain due to these sources.
Numerous studies have also shown this procedure to be effective in treating the neck (cervical spine). Disc pathology (slipped and degenerative discs) in the neck can cause neck, upper back, shoulder and arm pain and numbness. Federally funded studies continue to be performed to help document the physiological mechanisms resulting in the clinical successes demonstrated from the use of flexion-distraction to both the neck and back. Dr. Kruse participated in the 2.8 million dollar federally funded research project at Loyola School of Medicine which studied the effects of this manipulation procedure which he uses every day in his offices.