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Neck FAQ


I heard that worrying can actually keep me from getting over my neck pain. Is this true? There's no doubt I am a worrier.


Worrying is considered a passive coping strategy. It doesn't really lend any practical ways to deal with or change a situation.

Many experts suggest that 99 percent of the things we worry about never happen. The opposite may be equally true: the things we don't worry about DO happen.

Worrying is thought to cause a state of preoccupation with bodily symptoms. This sets up a vicious cycle of worry, pain, disability, and more worry. Studies show a poor outcome in neck and back pain patients who worry.

Good general health is a predictor of recovery. If you are in good health but have some neck or back pain, you can expect to do well. A history of past neck or back pain is more likely to delay your recovery. The same is true for waiting too long to get help for your problem.

Sandra D. M. Bot, MSc, et al. Predictors of Outcome in Neck and Shoulder Symptoms. In Spine. August 15, 2005. Vol. 30. No. 16. Pp. E459-E470.

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