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Work Related Neck Injuries and Pain

Work Injuries and Neck Pain

Work related neck and back pain is a huge expense for employers. The fact of the matter is that much has been said regarding treatments for back pain and neck pain following a work injury.

What is encouraging is that there are conservative treatments like chiropractic that get people back to work quickly with fewer side effects than many of the mainstream treatments out there.

Recent studies show the need for greater access and utilization of chiropractic care.  Below you will find a summary of a recent study on neck pain and work injury.

Lifetime History of Work-Related Neck Injury and Future Neck Pain

Paul Nolet, DC, MS, MPH, et al.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between a lifetime history of a work-related neck injury and the development of troublesome neck pain in the general population.

Methods: We formed a cohort of randomly sampled Saskatchewan adults with no or mild neck pain in September 1995. At baseline, participants were asked if they had ever injured their neck at work. Six and 12 months later, participants were asked if they had troublesome neck pain, defined as grades II to IV on the Chronic Pain Grade Questionnaire. Multivariable Cox regression was used to estimate the association between a lifetime history of work-related neck injury and the onset of troublesome neck pain while controlling for age and sex.

Results: Our cohort included 866 individuals at risk for developing troublesome neck pain. Of those, 73.8% (639/866) were followed up at six months, and 63.0% (546/866) at one year. We found a positive association between a history of a work-related neck injury and the onset of troublesome neck pain (age- and sex-adjusted hazard rate ratio [HRR], 2.4; 95% confidence interval, 1.3-4.7).

Conclusion: Our analysis suggests that a lifetime history of work-related neck injury is associated with an increased risk of troublesome neck pain. Occupational neck injuries can lead to recurrent episodes of neck pain (SOURCE: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55559).

It may not be ground breaking research but it is a bit startling.  I also find it illustrative of the fact that chiropractic needs to be utilized more frequently and as a primary source when someone is injured at work.

Chiropractic costs less and has fewer side effects than drugs or surgical intervention.

I welcome your thoughts and comments!

Your St. Paul Chiropractor,

Dr. Joel

 

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