Predictive validity of symptoms and signs in the neck and shoulders.

  title={Predictive validity of symptoms and signs in the neck and shoulders.},
  author={E. Viikari-Juntura and E. P. Takala and Hilkka Riihim{\"a}ki and Rami Martikainen and Paavo J{\"a}ppinen},
  journal={Journal of clinical epidemiology},
  volume={53 8},
A standardized examination protocol was developed for the assessment of neck and shoulder disorders in primary health care. We investigated to what extent the symptoms and signs can predict sick leave due to neck and shoulder disorders. Our study involved 474 patients seeking medical advice from an occupational health service. Most of the 20 symptoms and 15 signs of the protocol were associated with the number of sick leave days within the 60-day postexamination period, but only three symptoms… CONTINUE READING