The regional interdependence theory in chronic neck pain

Takeaway

  • There is a close association, in both the painful region and the intact areas, between strength scores of different groups of muscles in various regions of the body in a chronic musculoskeletal condition, such as chronic neck pain.

Why this matters

    Pain-free regions have been proposed to be adversely affected in chronic pain conditions in addition to the painful regions in the regional interdependence theory. Investigating the association between muscle strength in both the painful and pain-free regions in chronic neck pain may lead to the conclusion that central mechanisms play a critical role in the development of impairment in musculoskeletal conditions.