How Common is Neck and Shoulder Pain?
A review of the medical literature from 1966 to 1997 showed that the one-year prevalence for neck and shoulder pain was 29 percent for men and 40 percent for women (1).
Can I Prevent Neck and Shoulder Pain?
It is necessary to take preventative measures.
Ergonomic aspects of the preventative measures should include:
- Appropriate worker selection with sufficient training and instruction
- Ergonomic design of workplaces
- Ergonomic considerations in work organization (2)
Ergonomic Training Should Start Early to Minimize Risk of Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain are major problems in modern society.
With the increased use of computers and stationary designed workplaces, younger and younger people are faced with cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the neck and shoulders.