Neck pain

Neck pain is a very common and significant healthcare problem of today and its incidence is increasing at an incremental rate especially due to the sedentary and increased work lifestyle of the human being of today. In addition, neck pain presents predominantly as chronic pain. The prevalence of neck pain is more than 12 % of adult females and more than 9 % of adult males. An estimate of 85 % of the world population suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. 

Although there are numerous causes of neck pain, the majority are caused or aggravated by extensive work in front of a computer or hovering over a mobile device with poor posture. The average person spends about 10 – 15 hours per day at work, school or home in a position of bad posture. A significant correlation has been established between poor posture and neck pain. More than 65 % of sitting employees suffer from some combination of neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain. 

Chronic neck pain presents as a complex biopsychosocial issue in relation to a human being’s expectation of self-efficacy, that is, the human being’s belief in their ability to complete tasks and reach goals are adversely affected and are associated with detrimental changes in mood, sleep, coping abilities and lower financial income. Chronic neck pain can lead to unwanted pharmaceutical side-effects caused by increased and / chronic pharmaceutical usage due to the chronic pain.

 

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