Neck Pain Best Practice: Treatment-Based Classification

Nice summary of the evidence for treatment-based classification for neck pain. While promising, the jury is still out on clinical prediction rules for low back pain http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1356689X11000749
and there’s even less evidence for neck pain. More validation required.

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

The following is another article written for the online, video-based physical therapy continuing education company MedBridge Education

Among one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, neck pain has been estimated to effect between 22% and 77% of individuals in their lifetime according to the Neck Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines published by Childs et al. While this pain is typically self-limiting and resolves with time, Bovim et al found that 30% of patients reporting neck pain will ultimately develop chronic symptoms of greater than 6 months in duration. In addition to this study, researchers also found that between 37% (Cote et al) and 44% (Hurwitz et al) of those who experience neck pain will report lingering symptoms for at least 12 months. Unfortunately, even after successful treatment, there has been a reported recurrence rate of 50-85% within the first 1-5 years following resolution of symptoms (Halderman…

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