Neck muscle training in the treatment of chronic neck pain: a three-year follow-up study.

Ylinen J, Häkkinen A, Nykänen 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

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Neck Pain

Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.

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