A recent study shows that women have more stress-related neck pain than men – and age or occupation does not play a role.
The University of Gothenburg in Sweden’s, Anna Grimby-Ekman and colleagues were surprised to find neck pain is more common in women in a group of young university students. None of these students had not started families or shared similar working environments.
"We know that physical work with heavy lifting or assembly work that involves a lot of arm-raising above shoulder height can lead to neck pain," Grimby-Ekman says in a statement. "By looking at a group whose work is less physically demanding, we can more readily identify other factors that could be implicated and perhaps explain the generally high incidence of neck pain."
The study involved 627 women and 573 men attending the university.
"Perceived stress was more common among the women students than the men, and appeared to play more of a role in the development of neck pain in young women than in men," Grimby-Ekman says.
Questionnaires were then distributed to a second group -- 870 female and 834 male computer users from the Swedish workforce. Women reported more neck and upper back pain across the range of occupations covered.
Stress and Neck Pain Differ Between the Sexes
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