A Cross-sectional Study to Study the Relationship between the Neck as well ... Doctor's Weekly

The following is a summaries of “Association between Hypercholesterolemia and neck Pain in A Cross-sectional Study of a Population” released in January 2023 issue in Spine by Ahorukomeye and Ahorukomeye.

Reviewing a selection of previous experiences using a cross-sectional model. The chronic neck pain is typically due to degenerative changes. Inflammation of the lumbar discs as well as the subsequent degenerative modifications related to atherosclerosis of segmental arteries as proposed by the vascular hypothesis for disk disease. The risk of atherosclerosis has been associated with degenerative lumbar diseases in the past. Degeneration of cervical discs could also be caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis, particularly within the cervical spine’s tiny arteries, can be linked to the development of cardiovascular diseases. The risk of developing cardiovascular diseases is increased due to high cholesterol levels to a large extent. The aim of this study is to determine if there’s an association between the high cholesterol level as well as neck discomfort.

The results from an standardized questionnaire’s question on neck pain were analysed. Analyzing odds ratios and logistic regression took into consideration aspects like gender, age, of education, as well as the state of mental health. The 2018 Medicare Panel Survey on Expenditure (MEPS) was a poll that surveyed 30,461 people. There were 1049 respondents (3.4 percent of the total) who complained of neck pain due to cervical conditions. The respondents had a median time that was 62.6 +-16.1. In total, 21.1% of people were experiencing neck discomfort. The incidence of neck pain was not affected in any way by gender, age or education level, or profession (all P values were greater than 0.05). The results were statistically meaningful. manner (P>0.05) white ethnicity and a lower family income were each associated with higher incidences in neck discomfort. The frequency of pain in the neck was significantly higher in current smoking smokers (P>0.05).

When adjusting for confounding factors that may cause confusion, subjects with hypercholesterolemia showed statistically significant increases in the probability of suffering neck discomfort (adjusted probability ratio=1.54 9.5% confidence interval: 1.08-2.22, P=0.018). After accounting for any potential factors, those who had hypercholesterolemia were 54 percent more likely to experience neck discomfort. This further supports the notion that high cholesterol is associated with cervical spine degeneration. Effectively treating and preventing high cholesterol can, in turn delay the onset and severity of cervical disc degeneration as well as the associated neck discomfort.

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