- Neck pain affects about two-thirds of the adult population at some time during the lifespan, with prevalence peaking in middle age and declining thereafter.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Neck pain is associated with decreased neck strength and range of motion. It is unknown whether these factors increase the risk for future neck pain. This 16-year prospective study investigated whether neck strength and mobility are associated with future neck pain in women.
This study suggests that clinicians should not focus on neck strength and cervical mobility as factors creating risk for future neck pain.
220 pain-free women participated in the study. Assessments were performed at baseline to determine: