Neck Pain: Advancements in Assessment and Contemporary Management

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Neurology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 2061

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Rutger De Zoete
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Guest Editor
School of Allied Health Science and Practice, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Interests: chronic neck pain; chronic pain; neck pain; musculoskeletal rehabilitation; physiotherapy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Neck pain is a complex and prevalent issue, significantly affecting the quality of life of millions of individuals. Rapid progress is being made in the field of neck pain, leading to improvements in the clinical assessment and management of patients.

Advancements in our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying various neck pain phenotypes have broadened our scope for clinical assessments, moving beyond traditional diagnostic methods such as imaging and physical examination. Recognition of the multifactorial nature of neck pain has enabled a more person-centred approach to assessment.

Contemporary management approaches have evolved to encompass a multidisciplinary model that recognises the importance of the biopsychosocial aspects of neck pain. Treatments, including physical therapy, pain management interventions, and pharmacological management, have become much more sophisticated and personalised. Additionally, non-pharmacological interventions, such as psychologically informed therapy, have gained prominence in addressing the psychosocial aspects of neck pain.

These advancements have allowed the field to prioritise the delivery of high-value care by implementing evidence-based approaches into clinical management. In this Special Issue, we invite authors to contribute research papers highlighting the latest advancements in neck pain assessment and contemporary management. Our goal is to provide valuable insights into enhancing the quality of life for people experiencing neck pain. We aim to showcase innovative approaches and evidence-based practices that will continue to shape the landscape of neck pain care.

Dr. Rutger De Zoete
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • neck pain
  • chronic pain
  • rehabilitation
  • pain management
  • anaesthesiology
  • physical medicine
  • musculoskeletal

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Exercise Therapy for Chronic Neck Pain: Tailoring Person-Centred Approaches within Contemporary Management
J. Clin. Med. 2023, 12(22), 7108; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12227108 - 15 Nov 2023
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Exercise therapy is considered the best evidence-based approach for managing chronic neck pain. However, the implementation of exercise therapy presents several challenges. Systematic reviews indicate that it has modest effectiveness, while clinical practice guidelines offer limited guidance on the exercise parameters required to [...] Read more.
Exercise therapy is considered the best evidence-based approach for managing chronic neck pain. However, the implementation of exercise therapy presents several challenges. Systematic reviews indicate that it has modest effectiveness, while clinical practice guidelines offer limited guidance on the exercise parameters required to optimise clinical outcomes. Moreover, recommendations often fail to differentiate between different types of neck pain. This article addresses the challenges associated with the prescription of exercise for chronic neck pain and provides recommendations for exercise therapy specific to chronic nociceptive, neuropathic, and nociplastic neck pain. The goal of this article is to facilitate the implementation of high-value evidence-based exercise therapy for these distinct types of chronic neck pain with the aim to improve its outcomes and to reduce the related individual and societal burdens. Full article
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