The Influence of Education and Exercise on Neck Pain

William J. Hanney, Morey J. Kolber, Judi Schack-Dugre, Rodney Negrete, Patrick Pabian

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Neck pain is a significant contributor to worldwide disability and poses a considerable financial burden to its stakeholders. The prognosis for chronic neck pain is generally poor, and the associated disability seems to be more persistent than low back pain. It has been suggested that the goals of a rehabilitation program are to maximize return to function, limit progression of degenerative changes, and prevent further injury. The variety of treatment options can make it difficult for clinicians to agree on the most effective treatment intervention. This article reviews noninvasive treatment considerations for patients with neck pain. Exercise-based interventions, including aerobic conditioning, stretching, and strengthening, are addressed. Moreover, concepts related to education are covered, including the effects of posture and ergonomic counseling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-175
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • disability
  • neck pain
  • rehabilitation
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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