Risk factors for non-specific neck pain

January 01, 0001

Risk factors for non-specific neck pain

Neck pain is a common complaint seen in primary care. These British researchers investigated factors are linked with the onset of non-specific neck pain via a systematic review. Prospective studies investigating risk factors for the onset of non-specific neck pain in asymptomatic populations with a minimum of 1 year follow up were included.

The researchers report: "14 independent cohort studies met the inclusion criteria for the review. Thirteen studies were assessed as high quality. Female gender, older age, high job demands, low social/work support, being an ex-smoker, a history of low back disorders and a history of neck disorders were linked to the development of non-specific neck pain."

The researchers concluded: "Various clinical and sociodemographic risk factors were identified that have implications for occupational health and health policy. However, there was a lack of good-quality research investigating the predictive nature of many other variables."

This study identifies risk factors for the development of nonspecific neck pain, but more research is needed.

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Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 64(7):565-572, July 2010
© 2010 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Risk factors for the onset of non-specific neck pain: a systematic review. Sionnadh Mairi McLean, Stephen May, Jennifer Klaber-Moffett, Donald Macfie Sharp, Eric Gardiner. Correspondence to Sionnadh McLean: [email protected]

Category: M Musculoskeletal Keywords: neck pain, non-specific neck pain, risk factors, back pain, support, systematic review, journal watch.
Synopsis edited by Dr Paul Schaefer, Toledo, Ohio. Posted on Global Family Doctor 10 August 2010

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