Do white and blue-collar workers get the same amount of neck and back pain?

Worldwide it looks like 80 percent of all adults will have neck or back pain at some point in their lives. In general low back pain is more common than neck pain.

A 1996 study from Hong Kong reported that neck pain was more common in managers and professionals. Back pain was more likely to affect manual workers.

More and more studies are showing a strong link between neck and back pain and psychosocial factors. Emotional stress, lack of job satisfaction, and other occupational factors may have more to do with back pain than anything else.

We must find a direct cause and effect to neck and back pain before treatment can be prescribed with success.

Thomas T. Chiu, PhD, et al. Correlation Among Physical Impairments, Pain, Disability, and Patient Satisfaction in Patients With Chronic Neck Pain. In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. March 2005. Vol. 86. No. 3. Pp. 534-540.



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