Ladies, that pain in your neck may not be from stress at work or home like you think it is. According to a study from Loyola University Health System in Chicago, women are 1.38 times more likely than men to report neck pain due to cervical degenerative disc disease.
The study was presented at an annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine in Palm Springs, California.
The findings add to the growing body of research on the differences in which men and women experience pain. Previous studies have found that females are more likely to be treated at pain clinics for chronic pain and that certain painful conditions, such as migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, are more common in women. Various explanations have been proposed, including hormonal differences and the belief that men may be less willing to report pain.
Cervical degenerative disc disease is a common cause of neck pain. Symptoms include stiff or inflexible neck, burning, tingling, and numbness. Pain is most prevalent when the patient is upright or moving the head.
If you are having neck pain that it is persistent, you may want to contact our office to request an appointment for evaluation.
Loyola University Health System. “Women suffer more from neck pain than men.” Science Daily. ScienceDaily, 8 March 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160308133051.htm>.
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