Vertical Posture and Head Stability in Patients With Chronic Neck Pain
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Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:00 AM

News Bite: This study demonstrates that patients with chronic neck pain show larger sway and have greater difficulty with more challenging balance tasks.  Postural performance is a reflection of different degrees of disturbances of the proprioceptive input into the central nervous system. 


Several studies have reported significant disturbances of vertical posture during various standing and walking conditions in patients with chronic neck pain. There are however conflicting reports on the characteristics of postural sway during quiet standing in patients with chronic neck pain.   This single-blind comparative group study sought to evaluate postural performance and head stabilization of patients with chronic neck pain.

Patients with chronic neck pain, in particular those with whiplash-associated disorders, showed larger sway areas and reduced ability to successfully execute more challenging balance tasks. They also displayed larger sway areas and reduced head stability during perturbations.

The results show that disturbances of postural control in chronic neck pain are dependent on the etiology, and that it is possible to quantify characteristic postural disturbances in different neck pain conditions. It is suggested that the dissimilarities in postural performance are a reflection of different degrees of disturbances of the proprioceptive input to the central nervous system and/or of the central processing of such input.


Source: http://chiro.org/wordpress/2016/05/vertical-posture-and-head-stability-in-patients-with-chronic-neck-pain/