The global burden of neck pain: Estimates from the global burden of disease 2010 study

Hoy, Damian, March, Lyn, Woolf, Anthony, Blyth, Fiona, Brooks, Peter, Smith, Emma, Vos, Theo, Barendregt, Jan, Blore, Jed, Murray, Chris, Burstein, Roy and Buchbinder, Rachelle (2014) The global burden of neck pain: Estimates from the global burden of disease 2010 study. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 73 7: 1309-1315. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204431

Author Hoy, Damian
March, Lyn
Woolf, Anthony
Blyth, Fiona
Brooks, Peter
Smith, Emma
Vos, Theo
Barendregt, Jan
Blore, Jed
Murray, Chris
Burstein, Roy
Buchbinder, Rachelle
Title The global burden of neck pain: Estimates from the global burden of disease 2010 study
Journal name Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-4967
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204431
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 73
Issue 7
Start page 1309
End page 1315
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Language eng
Abstract Objective To estimate the global burden of neck pain.
Formatted abstract
Objective To estimate the global burden of neck pain.

Methods Neck pain was defined as pain in the neck with or without pain referred into one or both upper limbs that lasts for at least 1 day. Systematic reviews were performed of the prevalence, incidence, remission, duration and mortality risk of neck pain. Four levels of severity were identified for neck pain with and without arm pain, each with their own disability weights. A Bayesian meta-regression method was used to pool prevalence and derive missing age/sex/region/year values. The disability weights were applied to prevalence values to derive the overall disability of neck pain expressed as years lived with disability (YLDs). YLDs have the same value as disability-adjusted life years as there is no evidence of mortality associated with neck pain.

Results The global point prevalence of neck pain was 4.9% (95% CI 4.6 to 5.3). Disability-adjusted life years increased from 23.9 million (95% CI 16.5 to 33.1) in 1990 to 33.6 million (95% CI 23.5 to 46.5) in 2010. Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability as measured by YLDs, and 21st in terms of overall burden.

Conclusions Neck pain is a common condition that causes substantial disability. With aging global populations, further research is urgently needed to better understand the predictors and clinical course of neck pain, as well as the ways in which neck pain can be prevented and better managed.
Keyword Global burden
Neck pain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID 569772
Institutional Status UQ

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