In this modern day and age, it is unsurprisingly common to find a population of people experiencing neck pain due to excessive use of mobile phones and computers, poor ergonomic workplace, and negligence to seek out treatment.
In this article, you will learn 7 shocking facts (statistically based) on neck pain in 2019 that would hopefully invoke awareness to the prevalence and sinister effects of neck pain.
- Neck pain is the 4th leading causes of disability worldwide
Global Burden of Disease Study shows that neck pain is the 4th leading causes of disability. Generally, a clinically significant neck pain episode will be experienced by 50% of the population. 
- 75% of the population experience neck pain a period of time in their lives
Many studies showed that up to 75% of the population globally experience neck pain a period of time in their lives..
It was found that more women have reported having neck pain compared to men, especially musculoskeletal pain.
In the perspective of region, Scandinavian countries report higher mean estimates for neck pain compared to the rest of Europe and Asia. 
- 30% of patients who have neck pain will develop chronic symptoms
In general, there are three categories for neck pain, acute, subacute and chronic. For those who have neck pain for many months, you are highly recommended to seek for help from a chiropractor. If the patients do not seek for help as soon as they have neck pain, it is estimated up to 30% of them will develop chronic neck pain overtime.
The onset of acute neck pain is sudden and usually resolves in a matter of a few days to weeks. Structures normally injured are usually muscles, ligaments, joints or discs.
However, in the case of chronic neck pain, various underlying factors may be building up to the pain in terms of nerve damage, tissue scarring, arthritis, etc. Comparatively to acute neck pain, chronic pain takes a longer time to heal and more often than not, need assistance of other specialists or remedy options.
- A total of 4 hours is the average time people spend on the phones daily.
Smartphones are not exactly built to benefit people ergonomically, but it is what everyone needs at this moment in time. This dangerous combination is what leads to the gradual damage of certain structures in your body over time. All your attention is focused on this small screen which is impractical as it strains your fingers while typing as well as damage your eyes from looking at the screen too close. The blue light emitted from your smartphone screens does no better in maintaining the health of your eye.
The solution for too much time spent on smartphones is simply just to cut back. However this method would no doubt give most people a hard time because we are so dependent on our phones nowadays. A suggestion is to cut back little by little, for example, limit your smartphone usage to only essential duties and save the rest to be carried out on your ergonomically correct desktop, be it gaming or surfing the web.
- The amount of pressure on the neck more than doubles for every 15 degrees of neck bend. An average human head weighing just 12 pounds when upright becomes 60 pounds at a forward angle
Maybe the information below will shine some light on the magnitude of damage that bad neck posture can impose on the wellbeing of your body:
In an ideal posture of the neck, meaning with the neck vertical and ears in line with the shoulders, the weight of the head upon the neck is 12 pounds and is distributed evenly. Once your neck starts to tilt forward by just 15 degrees, that weight increases to 27 pounds and begins to dishevel the weight distribution on the neck. In ‘text neck’ position, your head is tilted forward a whopping 60 degree angle to look down at your smartphone. That’s more than the weight of 4 bowling balls. So imagine that amount of weight distributed unevenly on your neck for a lengthy amount of time. It is no wonder why neck pain has become a common problem in modern day society.
- Manual Labourers, Office Workers, and Healthcare Workers have most risk of developing neck pain
Anyone can be at risk of developing neck pain, whether it is acute or chronic. Based on different studies, a compilation of professions most susceptible to developing neck pain has been determined, simply due to the nature of their job that places their neck in a strained position for long intervals of time.  These professions are:
- Office workers, particularly those involved in heavy computer usage.
- Manual laborers
- Healthcare workers
A statistical figure of 12 months prevalence of neck pain in office workers is 45.5%. That figure speaks for itself in terms of the poor practice of good posture and ergonomic workstation in office workers, among other reasons . A couple of quick fixes for this situation is to set up the computer screen to a good height in line with the eyes, switch their office chairs for good ergonomic chair with an adjustable headrest, and prescribe ergonomic exercises in intervals between working.
- Obese individuals have a higher chance of developing neck pain.
According to research, it was found that people who are obese would have higher chance to develop neck pain. This is due to increased mechanical stress, reduced muscle strength, higher disability related to kinesiophobia and damaging structural changes.