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Neck pain guidelines

This evidence review and practice guideline is based on an evidence synthesis completed by the Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 Task Force on Neck Pain. It covers the range of possible treatments for different severities and types of neck pain, and includes a new model that integrates the cause of neck pain with its management. Key messages include that: neck pain may persist and fluctuate; there may be multiple causes including overall physical and mental health, work and daily activities; most neck pain is not the result of serious injury; there is no ‘best treatment’ that suits everyone; and a variety or combination of interventions may be needed.

Neck pain evidence summary. Toronto: Institute for Work and Health, 2010.

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2010 (vol. 07/2) pp38