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Table 1 Comparison of high-acute, mid-acute and subacute neck pain patients’ baseline pain and disability scores as well as baseline characteristics

From: Exploring the definition of «acute» neck pain: a prospective cohort observational study comparing the outcomes of chiropractic patients with 0–2 weeks, 2–4 weeks and 4–12 weeks of symptoms

  High-acute
(0–2 weeks)
n = 274
Mid-acute
(2–4 weeks)
n = 62
Subacute
(4–12 weeks)
n = 159
P-Value
Pre NRSNeck
Mean (SD)
6.23 (±2.02) 5.94 (±2.35) 5.41 (±2.30) 0.001*
Pre BQ total
Mean (SD)
33.54 (±15.22) 33.94 (±15.25) 31.10 (±16.38) 0.244
Gender Male: 102 (37.2%)
Female: 172 (62.8%)
Male: 27 (43.5%)
Female: 35 (56.5%)
Male: 51 (32.1%)
Female: 108 (67.9%)
0.255
Age (years)
Mean (SD)
38.7 (±12.11) 47.1 (±12.73) 42.8 (±14.54) 0.0001*
General Health good: 200 (74.9%)
average: 55 (20.6%)
poor: 12 (4.5%)
good: 38 (62.3%)
average: 20 (32.8%)
poor: 3 (4.9%)
good: 93 (59.6%)
average: 55 (35.3%)
poor: 8 (5.1%)
0.013*
Radiculopathy present (yes) 37 (13.7%) 12 (19.4%) 27 (17.4%) 0.399
Trauma onset (yes) 39 (14.2%) 8 (13.1%) 20 (12.7%) 0.893
Smoker (yes) 59 (22.1%) 14 (23.3%) 18 (11.5%) 0.016*
  1. NRS numerical rating scale for pain, BQ Bournemouth questionnaire, SD Standard Deviation. * = p ≤ 0.05