Association between home posture habits and neck pain in High School adolescents.

Research paper by Ney Meziat NM Filho, Gulnar G Azevedo E Silva, Evandro Silva ES Coutinho, Roberta R Mendonça, Vivian V Santos

Indexed on: 20 Nov '16Published on: 20 Nov '16Published in: Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation


Neck pain (NP) in adolescence is as frequent as in adulthood. However, the relationship between home posture habits and neck pain is still unknown.To investigate the prevalence of NP and the association with home posture habits (HPH) in adolescents.Cross-sectional study with High School adolescents. Students answered questions regarding sociodemographic variables, lifestyle, HPH (illustration in the questionnaire), time (TV, computer, video-game) and the presence of NP. Multivariate logistic regression was used to investigate the association between HPH and NP.The prevalence of NP was 48.9%. The ones who watched TV lying supine in bed for 2 hours or more a day yielded an odds ratio (OR) of 6.21 (1.45-26.52) for acute neck pain (ANP). Who watched TV and used the desktop in the slump posture yielded, respectively, an OR of 4.0 (1.63-9.85), and 2.03 (1.23-3.34) for chronic neck pain (CNP). The ones who frequently changed their positions while using the desktop and used it for 2 hours or more a day yielded an OR of 0.34 (0.14-0.85) for ANP.Our findings support the high prevalence of NP in adolescence and raise the association between some HPH and neck pain.