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August/September 2007 (vol. 04/2)

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Occupational neck pain

A systematic review to determine the work-relatedness of chronic neck pain disorders that show physical signs on clinical examination (such as tenderness and restricted movement) identified just 21 research papers meeting inclusion criteria. Workplace exposures included repetitive work, static loading, neck flexion, force and psychosocial factors. There was moderate evidence linking pain disorders with repetition at the shoulder and with neck flexion allied with repetition, but only limited evidence for other causal factors.

Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health 2007; 33(3): 165–191.

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2007 (vol. 04/2) pp40