Characteristics of neck pain in adolescents
2014, 37 (9):
Objective To investigate the characteristics of neck pain in adolescents. Methods The teenager patients with neck pain (n=1397) were given questionnaire by using clinical epidemic cross-section survey. All data was analyzed taking Northwick Park Neck Pain Scale (NPQ) and McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) as major review indexes. Results In 1397 teenager patients, the average score of NPQ was (12.66±8.61), and average score of MPQ was (4.35±4.88). Among all patients, 93.3% patients could not read optionally due to neck pain, 56.1% had pain symptoms, and 48% had uncomfortable symptoms every day. The most common pain sensations were swelling pain (30.1%), referred pain (29.5%) and sustained fixed pain (25.1%). There were 43.8% patients having cheesed feeling due to neck pain. All neck pain scores were higher in female patients than those in male ones. Conclusion The survey has showed that neck pain in adolescents has characteristics as follows: lower pain degree with adverse influences on life and social activities, higher incidence with intermittent symptoms, swelling pain, referred pain, fixed pain and stabbing pain being main pain types, pain distributing in neck and shoulder, and neck pain correlating to psychological and emotional factors, sex, age and educational level.
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