The epidemiology of neck pain: what we have learned from our population-based studies

Cote, Pierre; Cassidy, J. David
December 2003
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p284
Academic Journal
Background :There are few population-based studies on the epidemiology of neck pain in the general population. Purpose :To synthesize the findings of two large population-based studies of the epidemiology of neck pain and whiplash-associated disorders from the province of Saskatchewan,Canada. Study Design and Methods :We conducted two population-based cohort studies of neck pain and its related disability in Saskatchewan,Canada.First,the Saskatchewan Health and Back Pain Survey was designed to determine the prevalence and factors associated with neck pain in randomly selected adults. Second,we conducted a cohort study of the incidence and prognosis of whiplash and studied whether a change in the insurance system from tort to no-fault was related to a reduction in the number of whiplash claims and faster recovery. Results :In 1995,the six-month prevalence of neck pain was 54.2%and 4.6%of adults experienced disabling neck pain in the previous six-months.Neck pain was associated with education,comorbidities, smoking,self-reported general health and a history of neck injury in a motor vehicle collision.The incidence of treated and/or compensated whiplash injury was...


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