It may come as common knowledge to you that one and six Americans experience neck pain in a given three month timeframe. If not, then now you know how common this problem is. Neck pain is a major cause of work leave of absence, a work injury, as well as an overall reduced quality of life. Some risk factors for neck pain can be avoidable, but others cannot.
A study done by authors from Duke University‘s department of orthopedics found that work requiring sustained and awkward positions was the main physical risk factor for chronic neck pain. Other studies outside of Duke have demonstrated that taking frequent breaks and reducing setting time can lessen the risk for neck pain. They also found that simply improving said sitting posture and work safe station circumstances can help just as well.
The team also found that certain psychosocial risk factors are just as important in the development of chronic neck pain. This includes depressed moods, job stress, and perceived muscular tension.
The study also looked at factors which could reduce the risk for a first time episode of neck pain. Here are some protective factors to help reduce the risk of turning neck pain into chronic neck pain: a supportive work and social environment, physical activity, and overall neck strength.
Older studies have also reported on the presence of both psychosocial factors and weak neck muscles in patients who have chronic neck pain. This includes: major weakness in the deep neck flexor muscles.
Some treatments that have been found successful for the management of neck pain include multi modal and conservative approaches. This means manual therapies, neck exercises, and changes in dietary choices will all help to reduce neck pain. Other treatments include stress techniques and improving sleep quality. If you are experiencing any sort of neck pain make an appointment with us today.
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