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Neck FAQ


Why is chronic neck and back pain being called an economic problem?


People who experience chronic pain of any kind may find it difficult to work or participate in every day activities. If someone has a chronic neck or back pain, this may result in them calling in sick to work (cost to the employer), seeing doctors more frequently (cost to self or health insurance),and taking more medications.

If the pain becomes severe, they may not be able to care for themselves and require either hospitalization or some sort of home health care, if it is available.

Research has also shown that people with chronic conditions can become depressed or anxious. This can also lead to other issues that can have economic impacts. By dealing with the disorder before it becomes chronic, it is possible to avoid the economic fall out. Barbara Cagnie, PT, PhD, et al. Differences in Isometric Neck Muscle Strength Between Healthy Controls and Women with Chronic Neck Pain: The Use of a Reliable Measurement. In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. November 2007. Vol. 88. Pp. 1441-1445.

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