Spine Task Force Neck Pain Evidence Summary
Toronto, June 18, 2010 – A new neck pain guide offers a concise summary on both helpful and unhelpful approaches to treating Neck Pain, based on the evidence synthesis completed by the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain. IWH worked with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the Ontario Chiropractic Association and some members of the task force’s executive committee to prepare the summary.
In February 2008, Spine published a special edition dedicated to the task force’s reviews on the prevention, prognosis, diagnosis and management of neck pain. After publication, a network of Canadian chiropractic opinion leaders, coordinated by IWH, suggested distilling the evidence into a summary. “It’s exciting to see the chiropractic community take up the work of the task force this way,” says Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, a task force member and IWH senior scientist. “The Neck Pain Evidence Summary provides a way for health-care professionals to review the evidence easily in their practice, and if they need further information, they can refer to the full research papers.”The task force recommends treatments or further assessments, based on the severity of neck pain. They classified severity into four grades. In the Evidence Summary, a chart outlines the signs and symptoms, and further assessments for each grade. Then both helpful and unhelpful treatments are presented by grade and type of injury. (more…)