Ylinen J, HÃ¤kkinen A, NykÃ¤nen M, Kautiainen H, Takala EP
The objective of this study was to evaluate whether the positive results achieved with a one-year training regimen in patients with chronic nonspecific neck pain would have long-standing effects. One-hundred and eighteen women included were those who had performed neck strength and endurance exercises in a previous randomised controlled trial. At the 3-year follow-up, neck pain and the disability indices showed no statistically discernible change compared to the situation at the 12-month follow-up. Also, gains in neck strength, ROM and PPT achieved during the training year were largely maintained. The authors conclude that the improvements achieved through long-term training were maintained at the 3-year follow-up. Since a 12-month exercise programme shows a long-term effect, exercise may not need to be performed regularly for the remainder of the subject's life.
Europa Medicophysica, 2007, 43(2), 161-9