The Use of Neck Support Pillows and Postural Exercises in the Management of Chronic Neck Pain

Alisha N Jamal, Brian M Feldman, Eleanor Pullenayegum
Journal of Rheumatology 2016, 43 (10): 1871-1873

OBJECTIVE: Chronic neck pain is a common problem with a profound effect on quality of life. Identifying evidence-based management strategies is fundamental in improving patient outcomes. This study is a reanalysis of the data from Helewa, et al to further characterize the effects of postural exercises and neck support pillows on neck pain.

METHODS: A full factorial model was used. All interactions were analyzed adjusting for the Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire (NPQ) at baseline.

RESULTS: Postural exercises significantly decreased NPQ scores at ≥ 3 weeks, and the use of a neck support pillow significantly decreased NPQ scores at ≥ 12 weeks.

CONCLUSION: These interventions could be beneficial in reducing neck pain symptoms.

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