Exercise programs to prevent a new episode of neck pain

What does the evidence say about effectiveness?

Neck pain is one of the most common and disabling health problems. It is estimated that 1 out of 2 people will experience neck pain during lifetime.

As a result, there have been many studies looking at the efficacy of various treatments and prevention methods for neck pain. This systematic review aimed to determine the effectiveness of exercise-based treatments to prevent a new episode of neck pain.

It was concluded that - although the review shows that exercise programs are effective in the prevention of a new episode of neck pain - a high-quality randomized controlled trial using a well-designed exercise program should be carried out to help guide the selection of the exercises.

An interesting point from the discussion section of the study was that the authors reported a lack of evidence for ergonomic intervention, based on the fact that the studies showed similar effects whether or not the ergonomic program was included.

> From: De Campos et al., J Physiother 64 (2018) 159-165 . All rights reserved to Australian Physiotherapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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