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Some Facts About Neck Pain

50-70% of people will experience at least one episode of neck pain during their lives. Acute neck pain will usually diminish within days or weeks, but becomes chronic in 10% of the population. 

10-15% of people will have neck pain on any given day. There is a less than 1% chance that the neck pain is caused by a serious condition.

What can you do if you are experiencing neck pain

Managing your neck pain early is very important to prevent long-term problems. If neck pain has come on recently, using heat or cold may be helpful.

If the pain does not go away after a couple of days, make an appointment with a Chiropractor who is trained in the proper diagnosis and treatment of neck pain. There are a number of effective treatments of neck pain including spinal manipulation, mobilization, and specific soft tissue therapy (4,5).

With the correct treatment, most people will recover in a few weeks.

Being fearful and avoiding neck and shoulder movement because you are concerned about doing more damage can often slow recovery. Try to remain active within your own pain limits (4).

Pain that lasts for more than a few weeks may cause you to avoid doing normal activities. Having trouble coping with pain and avoiding activities can contribute to anxiety and further problems in the longer term (6).

The role of your Chiropractor is to provide hands on treatment and appropriate self-management advice to help you recover.

References

The epidemiology of neck pain.
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Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Dec; 24(6):783-92.
2. Superficial heat or cold for low back pain
French SD, Cameron M, Walker BF, Reggars JW, Adrian J Esterman AJ
Editorial Group: Cochrane Back Group
Published Online: 14 Apr 2010 - Assessed as up-to-date: 11 Oct 2005
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004750.pub2
3. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for low back pain
Roelofs PDDM, Deyo RA, Koes BW, Scholten RJPM, van Tulder MW
Editorial Group: Cochrane Back Group
Published Online: 17 Mar 2010 - Assessed as up-to-date: 16 Oct 2007
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000396.pub3
4. Exercises for mechanical neck disorders
Kay TM, Gross A, Goldsmith CH, Rutherford S, Voth S, Hoving JL, Brønfort G, Santaguida PL
Editorial Group: Cochrane Back Group
Published Online: 15 Aug 2012 - Assessed as up-to-date: 29 May 2012
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004250.pub4
5. Manipulation or Mobilisation for Neck Pain
Gross A, Miller J, D'Sylva J, Burnie SJ, Goldsmith CH, Graham N, Haines T, Brønfort G, Hoving JL
Editorial Group: Cochrane Back Group
Published Online: 12 May 2010 - Assessed as up-to-date: 7 Jul 2009
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004249.pub3
6. Risk factors for neck pain in office workers: a prospective study
Hush JM, Maher CG, Refshauge KM.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2006 Oct 25;7:81.
7. Neck pain brochure. COCA https://www.coca.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Neck-Pain.pdf

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