Long-term prognosis of soft-tissue injuries of the neck

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1990 Sep;72(5):901-3. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.72B5.2211780.


We reviewed 43 patients who had sustained soft-tissue injuries of the neck after a mean 10.8 years. Of these, only 12% had recovered completely. Residual symptoms were intrusive in 28% and severe in 12%. Pain in the neck and lower back was the commonest complaint and older patients had a worse prognosis. After two years, symptoms did not alter with further passage of time.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Jurisprudence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement / physiology
  • Neck / physiopathology
  • Neck Injuries*
  • Prognosis
  • Whiplash Injuries / economics
  • Whiplash Injuries / physiopathology*