Associations of neck muscle strength and cervical spine mobility with future neck pain and disability: a prospective 16-year study

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Key Points

  1. 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.
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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.

Neck pain is associated with decreased neck strength and range of motion.
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This study suggests that clinicians should not focus on neck strength and cervical mobility as factors creating risk for future neck pain.

METHODS

220 pain-free women participated in the study. Assessments were performed at baseline to determine:

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