Back Pain & RTW
Severe back pain is common. In any one year about 4% of the population indicates they have an episode of back pain which is severe and disabling. The effectiveness of old remedies - such as inactivity - have been disproven by modern research. Today we know there are better and safer ways to manage one of the most common health complaints.
People naturally think the severity of the pain is a sign of the severity of the damage in their back, but medical evidence tells us otherwise. Good research tells us that people who are advised to return to normal activities do better in the longer term.
In this article, we've put together a package of articles on back pain and return to work.
Here are links to expert opinions, case studies and research summaries: (Links are open access for a limited time).
A sample of the many case studies available on back pain - follow the journey of these 3 employees and find out what could have been done to encourage a better outcome.
Two articles that will help change the way you think about back pain and RTW.
Four evidence based research reviews on back pain influences and treatments
The SuperDoc Series
Our resident super hero looks at the folly of letting fear, activity avoidance and reliance on investigations control recovery.
Published 12 October, 2009 | Updated 13 April, 2010