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Free Content A Comparison of the Experience of Neck and Back Pain

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This study aimed to compare the experience of neck pain to back pain patients in terms of function, associated psychosocial factors and pain experience. A cross-sectional survey of men and women >18 years old (n=221) showed common features of back pain and neck pain as well as some interesting differences between the two. The Extended Aberdeen Spine Pain Scale (EASPS) demonstrated that function was not different in the neck and back pain groups. The Örebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire (ÖMPSQ) scores suggested that psychosocial factors played a greater role in back pain than in neck pain. A factor analysis of the Multidimensional Affect and Pain Survey (MAPS) showed that well-being was higher in neck pain and there was a greater emotional component of pain in the back pain group. These findings suggest that patients with neck and back pain could receive similar care pathways but clinicians and commissioners should be mindful that additional psychological input for back pain patients may be required.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2014

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  • Pain and Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed, Bi-annual journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association and special interest group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The journal comprises a range of different articles types from orignial articles to systematic reviews and letters around the topic of pain and rehabilitation. The journal is multidisciplinary in its focus and welcomes submissions from all professionals working in this multidisciplinary field. the abstract of all articles will be freely avilable online. Full text articles are available free online to members of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, and access to individual PDF articles can be purchased by non members.
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