How to Handle That Pain in the Neck

Health care professionals who treat patients with neck pain, ranging from mild
pain to whiplash, will want to take notice of a new report released by the
Institute for Work & Health (IWH). The Neck Pain Evidence Summary outlines the
research gathered by The Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders
(Neck Pain Task Force) from 1999-2008. The summary provides guidance on the
grades of neck pain, helpful treatments and patient assessment.

Neck pain is common among workers, whether it be caused by lifting heavy
objects, being rear-ended in a car accident, sitting for long periods at a desk
job, or by one of myriad other reasons. While neck pain can't always be cured,
there are a variety of available treatments. The question is, which treatments
are the most effective?

Established in 2000, the Neck Pain Task Force has sought to find the answer.
Comprised of scientists and clinicians in disciplines that actively treat
patients with neck pain, the international task force's mandate is to recommend
clinical practice guidelines for the management of neck pain and its associated
disorders. Their work has produced a comprehensive picture of neck pain
including its causes, how many workers report it, and how it progresses, and
has been published in more than 20 research studies and "best evidence"
systemic reviews.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety