Neck Pain Statistics

Read these Surprising Stats on Neck Pain

Take a look at these revealing and surprising neck pain statistics that shed light on a major health problem that impacts people around the world. According to studies, Neck Pain is a major health concern that can impact up to 75% of the population of certain countries. It impacts more people in countries where repetitive tasks are regularly performed by a large portion of the population. Neck pain is one of the more prevalent symptoms suffered in the United States. A variety of factors like ergonomics and posture can increase the chance of neck pain. Find out more by reading these insightful statistics on neck pain.


Neck Pain Statistics and Facts:

  • Anywhere from 16% to 75% of the population of countries around the world experience neck pain.1
  • Neck pain ranks in the top 5 disorders in the United States, with 10-20% of people reporting incidents of neck pain
  • Studies show neck pain impacts your physical, social and mental well-being2
  • Common causes of neck pain include cervical dysfunction, muscle and tendon strains and sprains, osteoarthritis and herniated discs or degenerative disc disease
  • Factors that influence neck pain include ergonomics at work, physical activity, repetitive movements, fitness related factors like body weight, diet and hydration and injury or illness
  • Osteoarthritis may be present in up to half of all neck pain cases in individuals over 50
  • Men have a higher percentage of disc problems (40%) than women (28%) in cases of neck pain in individuals aged 55-64
  • Neck pain has been linked to serious illnesses like heart conditions and cancers including lung cancer that has spread to shoulders, neck and lower back
  • Chronic neck pain, often called stiff neck, or aching neck, or a crick in your neck, causes discomfort that lasts for days or weeks and can be linked to malignant tumors
  • Most patients treat neck pain with rest, immobilization, exercise and therapies

These are just some of the more common and lesser known stats on neck pain from the many studies published about this health topic. Neck pain is treatable, and there there are many different types of treatments for neck pain. Some can be more effective for different types of neck pain. Everything from rest, to hydration, sleep positioning and even exercise can be used to treat neck pain. TENS units can also provide narcotic-free pain relief for neck pain. Special units designed to wrap around your neck are often the most effective. Learn more about how a TENS unit works, and using TENS to treat neck pain. References:

  1. Fejer R., Kyvik K.O., Hartvigsen J. The prevalence of neck pain in the world population: a systematic critical review of the literature. Eur Spine J. 2006;15:834–848.
  2. Braz J Phys Ther., Prevalence and factors associated with neck pain: a population-based study