Workplace psychosocial and organizational factors for neck pain in workers in the United States

Source: Haiou Yang, Edward Hitchcock, Scott Haldeman, Naomi Swanson, Ming-Lun Lu, BongKyoo, Akinori Nakata, and Dean Baker, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 59, Issue 7, July 2016

From the abstract:
Background: Neck pain is a prevalent musculoskeletal condition among workers in the United States. This study explores a set of workplace psychosocial and organization-related factors for neck pain.
Methods: Data used for this study come from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey which provides a representative sample of the US population. To account for the complex sampling design, the Taylor linearized variance estimation method was used. Logistic regression models were constructed to measure the associations.
Results: This study demonstrated significant associations between neck pain and a set of workplace risk factors, including work-family imbalance, exposure to a hostile work environment and job insecurity, non-standard work arrangements, multiple jobs, and long work hours.
Conclusion: Workers with neck pain may benefit from intervention programs that address issues related to these workplace risk factors. Future studies exploring both psychosocial risk factors and physical risk factors with a longitudinal design will be important.