Worsening quality of life after neck pain

Before we get into the study let me firstly explain what quality of life means.

A person’s quality of life includes their health and wellbeing across all physical, mental and social aspects.

Now let’s discuss this study.

This study is published in The Spine Journal titled: ‘Is neck pain associated with worse health-related quality of life 6 months later? A population-based cohort study Paul S. Nolet, DC, MS, MPHa’.

If you’ve ever suffered from neck pain you would be aware of how it makes you feel at the time; but have you ever wondered what impact that episode (or recurrent episodes) of neck pain has on your quality of life down the track?

To read more about how our chiropractors help people with neck pain click here.

A study of 1,100 adults were involved. The Chronic Pain Questionnaire was used to measure neck pain and its related disability. The SF-36 questionnaire (which we use here in our practice) was used to measure health related quality of life 6 months later.

The results ….. Compared with participants without neck pain, those with mild, intense or disabling neck pain had worse physical health quality of life 6 months later.

Dr Connor Charles Chiropractor discusses the effects of neck pain

The bad news … If unfortunately you find yourself (or a loved one) with a worsening course of neck pain or persisting episodes of neck pain, there is an association with even worse physical health quality of life! If you have a worsening quality of life after neck pain these are the areas that you are under performing in:

  • Vitality
  • Physical functioning
  • Bodily pain
  • General health perceptions
  • Physical role functioning

We have this study available upon request.

Dr Paul Finn Chiropractor explains part of how me examine the cervical spine in our practice

At Sims & Finn our focus is on neurostructural maintenance and care for your spine and its relationship to the nervous system.

We recommend that everyone should have their spine assessed and check for vertebral subluxation, to ensure you can function at optimal potential.

To take a proactive approach to your health, make an appointment online via our website, or call our friendly staff.

Sims & Finn Chiropractic

52 Stud Road, Dandenong 3175

(03) 9792 1945

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