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Neck Pain: Risk Factors and Impacts on Posture | EP.24

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

Risk factors and consequences of chronic neck pain

One of the risk factors associated with one type of neck pain is the risk factor from sitting at work or work that involves frequent bending, with the nature of the work being repetitive movement with the exertion of force to lift or move heavy loads.

In addition, it has been found that being female and having a history of neck pain are other factors that can predict the onset of neck pain (neck pain may refer to muscle stiffness, fatigue, numbness, tingling, etc., and no single symptom can be identified as a factor for predicting the onset of pain).

Sitting at work with behavior patterns that include ergonomic environmental factors that are not appropriate can cause the muscles to tighten and work harder, which increases pressure inside the cervical discs, joint capsules, and other structures around the neck itself.

Therefore, knowing the risk factors associated with neck pain and the nature of the onset of neck pain is important in preventing chronic neck pain before it progresses.

Consequences of chronic neck pain: Chronic neck pain not only affects the functioning of the muscles that change and limit the range of motion of the neck, but it also decreases the quality of life. It also affects the perception of posture and disrupts posture because the structures around the neck play an important role in sending sensory information about the joint position to the sensory nerves. The disruption in this process further disturbs posture.


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