Prevalence and risk factors of neck pain in military office workers

Mil Med. 2008 May;173(5):474-9. doi: 10.7205/milmed.173.5.474.


An extensive cross-sectional questionnaire was used to estimate the prevalence of neck pain and to identify risk factors (short term to long term) in the occurrence of neck pain in military office workers. Two standardized scales (Neck Disability Index and Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia) allowed assessment of the impact of neck pain on the person's life and the pain-related fear avoidance. A total of 629 completed questionnaires were evaluated which revealed the following: lifetime prevalence (78%), week prevalence (53%), point prevalence (59%), year prevalence (65%) (once-only, 19%; regular, 51%; long term, 15%; never, 7%). The results of this study provided support for the role of physical and psychosocial job characteristics in the etiology of neck pain in military office workers.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Belgium / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / etiology
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology
  • Neck Pain / epidemiology*
  • Neck Pain / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Posture*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace*