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

J Rheumatol. 2016 Oct;43(10):1871-1873. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.151368. Epub 2016 Aug 1.

Abstract

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.

Keywords: EXERCISE THERAPY; NECK PAIN; NECK SUPPORT PILLOW; NORTHWICK PARK NECK PAIN QUESTIONNAIRE.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Pain / therapy*
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Neck Pain / therapy*
  • Pain Management / methods*
  • Pain Perception
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome