The Prevalence of Neck Disability Index among Some College Students

일부 대학생의 경부장애지수에 대한 분포

  • Oh, Hyun-Ju (Dept. of Rehabilitation Science, Graduate School, Daegu University) ;
  • Kwon, Won-An (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Keukdong College) ;
  • Kim, Dong-Dae (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Keukdong College) ;
  • Lee, Jae-Hong (Dept. of Hospital & Medical management, Kyongbuk Science University) ;
  • Um, Ki-Mae (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Yeojoo Institute of Technology) ;
  • Song, Young-Hwa (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Dongnam Health College)
  • 오현주 (대구대학교 대학원 재활과학과) ;
  • 권원안 (극동정보대학 물리치료과) ;
  • 김동대 (극동정보대학 물리치료과) ;
  • 이재홍 (경북과학대학 병원의료경영계열) ;
  • 엄기매 (여주대학 물리치료과) ;
  • 송영화 (동남보건대학 물리치료과)
  • Received : 2010.10.07
  • Accepted : 2010.12.17
  • Published : 2010.12.31


Neck pain was commonly experienced by both adolescents and adults. The neck disability index(NDI) was the most commonly used self-report measure for evaluating status in neck pain. The objective of this study is to research the prevalence of the NDI in their 20's of college students in department of physical therapy. The data were collected from the NDI questionnaire of college students(males: 229, females: 405) for functional disability measures. Statistical analysis was carried out with SPSS 12.0 program, which was used for descriptive statistics, independent samples test and Pearson correlation analysis. The results were : First, 'headache' item was showed 'the highest prevalence' in second choice demonstrating the neck disability and 'pain intensity' in third choice. Second, female(46.4%) was higher distribution than male(36.3%) on score, percentage and grade of NDI(p<0.05). Third, the NDI grade was investigated that it is composed of 'no disability(63.8%)', 'mild disability(35.4%)', and 'moderate disability(0.9%)' in male and 'no disability(53.6%)', 'mild disability(44.7%)', 'moderate disability(1.5%)' and 'severe disability(0.2%)' in female. Fourth, there was a statically significant relationship between NDI grade and NDI items(p<0.05). These results have specific meaning as future clinical and epidemiological studies. Also, it is needed to education and preparation on prevention and management of neck disability among college students.


Prevalence;Neck disability index(NDI);College students;Headache


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