A recently reported study of adult patients treated at the Pain Management Center of Loyola University found that women are 1.38 times more likely to suffer neck pain due to degenerative cervical neck disease than men. Other research has documented that women experience pain differently than men, and that they are more likely to be treated at pain clinics for chronic pain. These findings add a further dimension to the observation, which may involve hormonal differences between men and women, and the tendency of men to be less willing to report pain. The findings were reported at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s annual meeting in Palm Springs, California.
The study encompassed 3337 patients of Loyola’s Pain Management Center, 61% of whom were female. Researchers noted a significantly greater incidence of neck pain from cervical degenerative disc disease among the women. Symptoms reported include stiff or inflexible neck, burning, tingling and numbness. Pain is most prevalent when the patient is upright or moving the head. By contrast, a similar study of patients who were treated for lumbosacral degenerative disc disease revealed no statistically significant difference in reported pain between men and women.
Read more about women and pain, here.
A news story about the findings may be read here.
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