Neck Pain Statistics

Did You Know…

  • Anywhere from 16% to 75% of the population of countries around the world experience neck pain.
  • Neck pain ranks in the top 5 disorders in the United States, with 10-20% of people reporting incidents of neck pain.
  • Studies show neck pain impacts your physical, social and mental well-being.
  • Common causes of neck pain include cervical dysfunction, muscle and tendon strains and sprains, osteoarthritis and herniated discs or degenerative disc disease.
  • Factors that influence neck pain include ergonomics at work, physical activity, repetitive movements, fitness related factors like body weight, diet and hydration and injury or illness.
  • Osteoarthritis may be present in up to half of all neck pain cases in individuals over 50.
  • Men have a higher percentage of disc problems (40%) than women (28%) in cases of neck pain in individuals aged 55-64.
  • Neck pain has been linked to serious illnesses like heart conditions and cancers including lung cancer that has spread to shoulders, neck and lower back.
  • Chronic neck pain, often called stiff neck, or aching neck, or a crick in your neck, causes discomfort that lasts for days or weeks and can be linked to malignant tumors.

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