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The association of physical activity and neck pain among teaching faculty of Cebu Doctors' University.


Khaila Mae C. Barro,
Matthew Ed A. Flores,
Trebpete B. Rago,
Tristan Alan  B. Sagalongos,
Zeny T. Zarsona,
Sharah Charisse  T. Wang

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College of Rehabilitative Sciences - Physical Therapy, - Cebu Doctors' University - Cebu Doctors' University, Mandaue, Cebu, Philippines

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   This study aimed to determine the association of physical activity and neck pain among teaching faculty of Cebu Doctors' University. There are only limited data that current studies have provided, wherein physical inactivity can be disregarded as an etiology to neck pain. A descriptive correlational design was utilized by the researchers to identify the possible association of the level of physical activity and intensity of neck pain. The study was conducted online wherein a link generated from Jotforms.com was sent to the respondents via email. A complete enumeration method was used and a total of 159 respondents took part in the study. The subjects answered the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and the Neck Pain and Disability Scale (NPDS).

   The result showed that there were 73 (45.9%) teaching faculty who had high level of physical activity, followed by 44 (27.7%) with moderate level of physical activity. Lastly, only 42 (26.4%) respondents obtained a low level of physical activity. With regards to the intensity of neck pain, the majority of the respondents 121 (76.1%) obtained none to minimal pain, 30 (8.9%) had mild intensity and 8 (5%) had moderate intensity. Moreover, there were no respondents who had experienced moderate to severe pain, severe pain, and lastly, extreme pain. Cramer's V was used to determine the association of physical activity and intensity of neck pain. Teaching faculty with mild to extreme pain was classified as having neck pain while those with none to minimal pain were classified as absence of neck pain. It was revealed that there was a weak association between the level of physical activity and intensity of neck pain, V = .171. Majority of the teaching faculties with low, moderate or high physical activities totaling 121 (76.1%) presented with absence of neck pain. Additionally, 38 (23.9%) teaching faculties with low, moderate or high physical activities reported to have presence of neck pain.

   In conclusion, the level of physical activity and intensity of neck pain was found to have a weak association among teaching faculty of Cebu Doctors' University. Based on the findings, the researchers recommend awareness programs on the importance of enhancing their level of physical activity. This is in order to avoid potential causes of neck pain that may lead to the deterioration of their physical well - being. 


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