Chronic neck pain

Effective treatment with gold bead implantation

How to treat chronic neck pain

Most patients with chronic neck pain experience both good days and bad days. Hence, the pain usually varies in severity from day to day.
There might also be periods with no pain at all as well as periods with daily pain.

Pain that has lasted for a long period of time is also harder to get rid of. That’s why it can be a good idea to seek help from a specialist in pain management.

In the Gold Clinic, our doctors have specialised in treating chronic pain in humans using gold bead implantation (gold acupuncture). This method is scientifically proven and helps most of our patients, many of whom become completely pain-free after a single gold bead implantation. The treatment is very gentle and is carried out under local anaesthetic, after which small 24-carat gold pieces are gently inserted along the neck spine using thin needles. In addition, gold bead implantation has also been used by veterinarians since the 1980s and is used in many veterinary hospitals around Europe to treat joint pain in dogs and other pets.

In this article, we’ll look at why some patients get neck pain, why the pain can become chronic (lasting longer than 6 months) and how chronic neck pain can be treated.


It was for me truly a miracle

I got gold in my neck and lower back in 1998 and have been fine ever since. You gave me my old life back. That was truly a miracle for me. Now suddenly I could do everything again, where for years I had just had pain.

Anders, 77 years old

What is chronic neck pain?

Neck pain is called “chronic” when the pain has been present for at least 6 months. However, the fact that the pain is “chronic” does not mean that the pain necessarily stays forever. Pain relief can be achieved so the pain disappear again with the right treatment. As an example, in our clinic, our specialists use gold bead implantation implanting tiny 24-carat gold beads in the neck. This treatment helps most of our patients experiencing long-term or permanent pain relief.

Patients with chronic neck pain have pain in the upper back and neck and some patients also have pain in the shoulders, as shown in the figure below. The pain condition may occur with radiation to the arms (cervicobrachialgia).


I can sleep again without pain

Thank you very much for a wonderful and pleasant experience I had with you last Thursday, when I had gold implanted in my back. Yesterday, for the first time in about 3 years, I was able to vacuum our entire 325m2 house without breaks, and without having to lie down for the rest of the day. My back got a little tired, but I didn’t have severe aggravated pain like I used to. For the first time in over a year and a half, I slept from 11pm to 7am without having to get up 3-4 times to take pills. Getting a good night’s sleep was just amazing.

Christina, 39 years old

How can neck pain be treated?

Different treatments can be used to treat neck pain, but a distinction should be made between treatments that primarily have an effect on newly-onset pain and chronic neck pain that has lasted longer than 6 months.

Newly-onset neck pain (duration less than 3-6 months)

Here we recommended:

  • Acupuncture
  • Blockades
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage
  • Cold and heat treatment
  • Painkillers (paracetamol and NSAIDs)
  • Exercise therapy (strength, stretching, mobility exercises)

Physiotherapy, psychomotor treatment and acupuncture may be appropriate interventions. The best results with exercise therapy are achieved with a physiotherapist or chiropractor over several weeks before an effect can be expected.

The above mentioned treatments usually have a good effect on neck pain that has lasted less than 3-6 months, while the treatments often only have a short-term effect on chronic neck pain that has lasted longer than 6-12 months.

Chronic neck pain (duration of more than 6 months)

For the treatment of chronic neck pain we recommended:

  • Gold bead implantation
  • Painkillers (especially paracetamol, opioids, antidepressants and antiepileptics)
  • Exercise therapy (strength, stretching, mobility exercises)

Gold bead implantation should be considered early on in patients with chronic neck pain, or where the pain returns quickly after treatment with other therapies (such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, exercise therapy, etc.).

Gold bead implantation has been shown to have a long-lasting or permanent pain-relieving effect on chronic neck pain in humans. Gold bead implantation should always be tried before attempting surgical treatment of neck pain due to osteoarthritis.

You will find our testimonials here.


I am deeply grateful

I had a lot of pain in my lower back and my pain had a negative effect on my quality of life. I had two treatments where gold beads were implanted in my back.

I have the best retirement job in the world, so I walk every day between 10 and 15 km. After my gold treatments, I never experience any back pain (only sore feet!). I sleep pretty well at night and feel just amazing thanks to the gold implants in my lower back.

I am deeply grateful for your efforts many years ago.

Many thanks, Susanne (now jumping around like a spring hare - or almost)

How many people experience neck pain?

Neck pain is one of the most common pain conditions. 13% of the population has neck pain at any given time. Over a lifetime, 50% of the population will have experienced at least one episode of neck pain.

Chronic neck pain is slightly more common in women than in men, and the risk of having chronic neck pain increase with age.
Recurrent periods of neck pain are common from the age of 20 years.

What can cause neck pain?

A number of factors increase the risk of developing chronic neck pain. These factors concern:

  • Psychological conditions and stress
  • Accident with injury of the neck (whiplash)
  • Earlier episodes of neck and shoulder pain
  • Poor posture
  • Work with many rapid or repetitive movements involvering the shoulders and upper arms, possibly in combination with neck flexion and/or static load of the neck and shoulder joints.
  • Work involving static movements of the neck and shoulder muscles during the day, e.g. when painting a ceiling. However, office work using a computer many hours every day can also cause neck pain.
  • Work involvering many forceful movements of the shoulders and upper arms can also cause pain (e.g. working as a butcher).

I can't believe I have no more pain

I want to tell you how my “gold adventure” went.
It’s incredible! I have no pain anymore. When the local anaesthetic disappeared, I couldn’t sit, only lie on my side. The next morning the pain in my back was gone, the slipped disc still hurt, but it only lasted a few days, then it was ok too.
Many many thanks

Birthe, 52 years old

Why does neck pain become chronic?

The cervical spine consists of 7 cervical vertebrae. The vertebrae are separated by the intervertebral disks. There are many small joints between the cervical vertebrae, and there are also many ligaments, muscles and tendons. All these structures can lead to pain when injured.

The image shows the different structures of the neck, including the cervical vertebrae, spinal nerves and intervertebral disks. Both the cervical vertebrae and intervertebral disks are involved in osteoarthritis of the neck.


Gold bead implantation has completely changed my life

“I had severe pain in my back – very severe pain. I had home care eight times a day. My pain was terrible and I had no quality of life,” says Lillian, who had surgery for a slipped disc in 2003.
The pain got worse a year and a half ago, when she was admitted to a local hospital in Denmark. “My aunt had a gold bead implantation a few years ago and recommended that I tried this treatment for my back pain. […]
Gold bead implantation has completely changed my life,” Lillian says today.

Listen to Lillian’s story in the video here.

Lillian, 52 years old

It’s fairly common to have neck pain. However, there is rarely a clear explanation for why neck pain becomes chronic.

In most cases, there is not a single factor that causes the pain to become chronic. Instead several factors might be involved. For example, in patients with osteoarthritis of the neck, poor posture and long-term office work or repetitive movements when working at a factory, might be relevant in the development of chronic neck pain.
Sometimes, however, pain develops without any known reason and it can be difficult to put into words how and when it occurred.

In patients with chronic neck pain, degenerative changes of the cervical spine (osteoarthritis) often play an important role.
Accidents and falls can also lead to serious injuries to the neck and whiplash.

An overview of some important causes of chronic neck pain is shown below:

  • Osteoarthritis of the neck (spondylosis)
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Protrusion or slipped disc in the neck
  • Small compression fractures of the spine due to osteoporosis
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
  • Other forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis and Bechterew’s disease

Neck pain that radiates to the arm can be caused by severe tensions in the neck and shoulder muscles causing impingment of nerves. The same symptoms can occur after an injury to the neck. Pain that radiates to the arms is called referred pain.


Very satisfied

I have been with you about 14 years ago for gold treatment in the neck. This treatment has been of great benefit to me and I am still pain free.
I just wanted to tell you that my back is so much better and that I am almost pain free👏🏻👏🏻
When I’m very active I can sometimes have pain in my hips and a bit down my leg, but otherwise it’s perfectly fine👍

Betina, 58 years old

How is the pain condition diagnosed?

Chronic neck pain is when you have pain in your neck and shoulder joints for more than 6 months. The cause of the pain can be difficult to identify.

In the vast majority of patients, no specific diagnosis can be made with certainty. In cases where a diagnosis can be made, it is based on a medical examination.

The medical examination is based on a combination of:

  1. Your medical history
  2. Localization of pain to the neck
  3. Clinical examination of neck
  4. Diagnostic images, such as X-ray, CT or MRI scans, to identify osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis

It's great to be able to sleep again after years of pain

I am very happy and grateful because the pain in my neck and back is gone. I can sleep at night without feeling knives and stitches in my back. It’s great getting a good night’s sleep again after years of pain. It makes my zest for life return. Have been on horseback in the beautiful autumn. From the forest hilltop overlooking the lake, both Gilvi and I sent many grateful thoughts to you at the clinic.

Merete, 59 years old

What other symptoms are common when you have neck pain?

Patients with chronic neck pain often have:

  • Diffuse, symmetrical pain in the neck and shoulders. The pain is usually in both sides of the neck and in both shoulders but one side can be worse than the other.
  • The pain worsens with static or repetitive movements of the neck and subsides with rest.
  • Reduced mobility in one or more joints of the neck.
  • Headache radiating from the neck causing pain in the temples and forehead (tension headache).
  • Paresthesia in the arm, referring to a burning or prickling sensation in the hands and arms (so-called referred pain).
  • Symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, tinnitus.

Course, complications and prognosis without treatment?

In patients where neck pain becomes chronic there are usually one or more causes, such as osteoarthritis, previous neck trauma, whiplash, stressful psychosocial conditions, etc.
Whiplash injury is a bad prognostic indicator and usually causes neck pain to become chronic without proper treatment. Up to 40% of patients report symptoms 15 years after the accident.

Patients who have physically demanding work often experience that neck and shoulder pain develops gradually over a few years. In those cases, the neck pain often worsen gradually as work continues.

In one in 10 patients with neck pain, the pain becomes chronic, and in 5% the condition causes significant work impairment.

Chronic neck pain can be a mild discomfort that does not affect daily life at all, but the pain can also be severe and affects many parts of everyday life. There may be activities you have to skip, and you may not be able to do your usual work.
It is also very common for chronic neck pain to affect mood, making you feel depressed, uncertain about the future and annoyed.


I've got my quality of life back after my treatment with gold beads.

It’s amazing. I just got back from vacation. Last year, I could barely walk a mile. This year I have walked far distances every single day. It’s almost too good to be true that I no longer have any pain.

Vita, 66 years old

What can I do myself to relieve my neck pain?

Below you can read the recommendations of our doctors in the pain clinic:

  • It is important to be active. You may want to do a daily exercise programme of 5-15 minutes, where you move your neck slowly (possibly instructed by a physiotherapist). It must not hurt. Use painkillers if necessary to reduce the pain.
  • Assess whether you have too static postures at work and whether you can take breaks in between, or whether you can make some neck exercises some few times during the day. Consider whether there may be other factors in your life that contribute to tension and whether you can do something about it.
  • Sick leave should be avoided as far as possible, but if you can’t, it’s important to stay in touch with your workplace and work as much as you can manage.
  • If you have been on sick leave, it is important that you resume work as soon as possible. It will help you to recover faster. Alternative solutions such as finding another job should be assessed early.
  • Gold bead implantation should be tried for permanent or intermittent neck pain that has lasted longer than ½-1 year, or where other treatments have not been effective to provide long-lasting pain relief. Gold bead implantation has a proven long-term effect on chronic neck pain and have been used since 1996 for treating chronic pain in humans in our clinic.

I have no back pain anymore

Just a nice feedback…
The first few days after my gold treatment, I was a little tired – BUT on the 11th of December I just felt fantastic.

I haven’t had any back pain since the 11th of December and we just had a visit from our son and daughter-in-law and our lovely grandchildren for 10 days during Christmas. I’ve danced, jumped and played with my grandchildren – well, it’s just been great.

Kaj, 66 years old


Chronic neck pain is difficult to get rid of, especially if you have osteoarthritis or have had an injury to your neck (Whiplash). In patients with chronic neck pain, treatments such as painkillers, acupuncture, chiropractic, physiotherapy and others usually only provide short-term pain relief. That’s why we recommend gold bead implantation for the treatment of chronic neck pain. The treatment is very gentle and takes place under local anaesthetic, after which small 24-carat gold pieces are inserted into the neck muscles along the spine via thin needles. The treatment helps the vast majority of our patients, many of whom become completely pain-free after one treatment.

At the Gold Clinic, we have been treating patients with chronic neck pain with gold bead implantation since 1996. Gold bead implantation is a treatment used for chronic pain in joints.

For further information or to book an appointment please contact the clinic.

Before implantation of gold beads:

To be considered for a our chronic pain treatment with gold implants, please do as follows:

  1. Contact the clinic to make an appointment (you’ll find our contact informations here). You can also contact us if you need to know more about the treatment before you decide to book an appointment.
  2. We need to see X-ray or CT- /MRI scanning images of the painful joint or painful area prior to your gold bead implantation. Your X-ray or CT-/MRI scanning should not be older than 2 years.
  3. You can always contact the department where you have had the examination. They can send you the images or description of the X-ray or CT- /MRI scanning The department is obliged to send you the images.
  4. Please send us the X-ray images in advance of your consultation.
  5. If you are taking anticoagulants, you should pause the medication some few days prior to your gold treatment. Always make sure to consult with us regarding any medications that you might take prior to your gold treatment. Please let us know if you take any kind of medication when you book your appointment.
  6. Please bring a relative or friend to transport you home after your gold bead implantation. We advise you not to driving your car for some few hours after your treatment due to the local anaesthetic.

Please, let's talk.

Our specialists have used gold implants for pain relief of chronic pain since 1996. Hence, we’re the clinic with most experience treating long-term and chronic pain in humans with gold beads. Please, let’s get in touch if you want to know more about the treatment.

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Doctor Hans Kjerkegaard

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