Loyola study: Neck pain is more common in women than in men
According to study conductyed at Loyola Medicine's Pain Management Center, "Women are 1.38 times more likely than men to report neck pain due to cervical degenerative disc disease."
The study by Meda Raghavendra, MD and Joseph Holtman, MD, PhD, of Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, was presented at the 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 shown that women are more likely to be treated at pain clinics for chronic pain and the painful conditions include migraine headaches and fibromyalgia. 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 and the symptoms include stiff or inflexible neck, burning, tingling and numbness. Pain is mostly occur when the patient is upright or moving the head.
The Loyola study at Loyola's Pain Management Center involved 3,337 patients, of which 61% percent were females.
Drs. Raghavendra and Holtman conducted a similar study of patients who were treated at Loyola's Pain Management Center for lumbosacral degenerative disc disease (lower back pain). The prevalence in females, 12%, was slightly higher than the prevalence in males, 11%, but this difference was not statistically significant.