After six months of daily neck pain, my doctor sent me to a chronic pain clinic. They gave me a test called the NDI. Can you tell me what the letters stand for and what the test shows?

There are many tests available to help doctors understand their patients better. Some tests help describe the kind of pain the patient is having. What causes it? What makes it better or worse? How severe is it? How long does it last?

Other tests measure the patient's quality of life, level of depression, or disability. The Neck Disability Index (NDI) score helps identify how limited the patient sees him or herself from the neck pain. This is a scale of perceived impairment.

It specifically measures how much the patient's daily activities are affected by the neck pain. The patient is asked about pain intensity and affect of pain on concentration. Other questions look at personal care, work, lifting, and driving. Recreational activities are also included.

Deborah Falla, PT, BPhty (Hons), PhD, et al. Patients with Chronic Neck Pain Demonstrate Altered Patterns of Muscle Activation During Performance of a Functional Upper Limb Task.
In Spine. July 1, 2004. Vol. 29. No. 13. Pp. 1436-1440.

 Post to

 Email to a Friend

*Disclaimer:*The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Medical Multimedia Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Medical Multimedia Group, LLC and used herein by permission.

Back to top

MySpace Tracker