Is neck posture subgroup in late adolescence a risk factor for persistent neck pain in young adults? A prospective study

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Key Points

  1. In males, there was no association between neck posture at age 17 and persistent neck pain at age 22.
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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.

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.
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The upright sitting subgroup had more persistent neck pain which questions the common belief that forward head posture is a cause of neck pain.

METHODS

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.

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