An observational study of patients with unresolved neck pain who were treated with dextrose prolotherapy at an outpatient charity clinic in rural Illinois.
Neck pain is a common condition affecting about 10% of the general population of North America at any given time, over a year up to 45%, and over a lifetime 70%. Neck pain results in a significant amount of disability and health care use in the United States, with large personal and economic consequences. As the duration of neck symptoms increases, especially beyond six months, one’s mental health is negatively affected. Younger patients are more impacted by neck and referral arm symptoms more than older patients. It is well documented that the longer the pain persists, the more likely it will become chronic—with up to 7% of patients ending up with chronic neck pain.