Even with the limitations mentioned above, some information -- mostly from Scandinavian countries -- is available. Neck pain occurs half as often as low-back pain and is slightly more common in women. In Norway, Bovim and colleagues, in a random sample of 10,000 persons ages 18-67 years, found a prevalence of 13.8%. In a similar study in Finland, Makela and associates discovered neck pain in 9.5% of males and 13.5% of females. The United States' National Center for Health Statistics reported 7.0% of men and 9.4% of women had neck pain in the period between 1976-1980. In addition to neck pain being more common in women, Makela also found that older patients, those involved in both mentally and physically stressful jobs, and current smokers were more likely to have neck pain.
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