Rheumatologists and neck pain

Scand J Rheumatol. 2000;29(1):8-12. doi: 10.1080/030097400750001743.


Many authors have suggested that chronic pain syndromes are psychosocial in origin; maladaptive behaviours favoured by psychosocial and political factors. Sometimes this may be true, but neither the individual patients nor the accumulated scientific evidence deserve such a routine dismissal. In this editorial I will review issues of responsibility, the nature of referred pain and referred tenderness, evidence for the value of tender point examination as an objective measure, techniques of assessment of the cervical spine, techniques of assessment of pain behaviour, and the determinants of the specific symptom patterns associated with cervical injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neck Pain / diagnosis*
  • Neck Pain / physiopathology
  • Neck Pain / psychology
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Rheumatology / standards*
  • Whiplash Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Whiplash Injuries / physiopathology
  • Whiplash Injuries / psychology