- In males, there was no association between neck posture at age 17 and persistent neck pain at age 22.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Neck pain is a common cause of disability. Although posture is commonly believed to be a risk factor for neck pain, prior research has not found compelling evidence in support of this belief.
This study sought to determine whether sagittal neck sitting posture was a risk factor for persistent neck pain in young adults.
The upright sitting subgroup had more persistent neck pain which questions the common belief that forward head posture is a cause of neck pain.
This study involved 686 participants from the Raine study, which has been following a group of 2688 people at regular intervals since their birth in 1989. The group is representative of young adults in Western Australia.