The Neck Disability Index

Neck disorders are a significant source of pain and activity limitation in workers and those involved in motor vehicle collisions. The Neck Disability Index (NDI) [1] is designed to measure neck-specific disability. The questionnaire has 10 items concerning pain and activities of daily living including personal care, lifting, reading, headaches, concentration, work status, driving, sleeping and recreation.

The questionnaire has been designed to give your health practitioner information as to how your neck pain has affected your ability to manage in everyday life. Please answer every applicable section and select a response which applies to you. We realise you may consider that two of the statements in any one section relate to you, but please select the box which most closely describes your problem.

Section 1- Pain Intensity
Section 2- Personal Care (washing, dressing)
Section3- Lifting
Section 4- Reading
Section 5- Headaches
Section 6- Concentration
Section 7- Work
Section 8- Driving
Section 9- Sleeping
Section 10- Recreation

Thank you for your submission. it will form a valuable part of our ongoing assessment of your functional capacity as it relates to your neck pain


  1. Vernon H, Mior S. The Neck Disability Index: a study of reliability and validity. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1991 Sep;14(7):409-15.
  2. TRACsa Trauma Injury and Recovery. Clinical guidelines for best practice management of acute and chronic whiplash-associated disorders. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council; 2008.