The terrible two: UNDER-use and OVER-care

Dr Mary Wyatt

Ever wondered why some musculoskeletal injuries don't resolve as quickly as they should?

Studies of people from countries from around the world tell us that you are just as likely to have a sore back in Bolivia as you are in Nepal or England or Australia. However, you are much less likely to be disabled by your sore back in Bolivia or Nepal. Why? One answer is that people in highly-developed countries are more likely to respond to soreness with under-use and over-care. In our community, we often think of work activities as causing ...

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