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Title: Neck pain and disability: A cross-sectional survey of the demographic and clinical characteristics of neck pain seen in a rheumatology clinic
Authors: Frank, AO
De Souza, LH
Frank, CA
Keywords: Neck pain;Comorbidity;Disability;Sickness absence;Northwick Park neck pain questionnaire
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Citation: International Journal of Clinical Practice. 59 (2): 173-182
Abstract: This hospital-based cross-sectional cohort study examines the clinical and demographic features of neck pain, disability (using the Northwick Park neck pain questionnaire) and relationships to handicap in employment. Of 173 consecutive referrals to a rheumatology clinic with neck pain, 70% had neck/arm pain without neurological involvement, 13% other conditions, 11% nerve involvement and 5% other spinal pain. 141 patients (mean age 50 years) had mechanical or degenerative neck pain, of which 13% was probably work-related and 13% was trauma-related. 44 had taken sickness absence for an average of 30 weeks. Comorbidities were frequent (lumbar pain 51%). Those in work were significantly less disabled than those not working (p = 0.001) and those off sick (p < 0.01). Those reporting sleep disturbance, tearfulness and crying were significantly more disabled (p = 0.0001) than those who did not. Neck pain in secondary care is complicated by physical and emotional comorbidities. Comprehensive management requires a biopsychosocial model of care.
DOI: http://dx.doi/10.1111/j.1742-1241.2004.00237.x
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Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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