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Fear, distress and heavy lifting: predictors of ongoing back pain

Friyana Bhabha

Psychological distress, heavy lifting and fear of activity are better predictors of back pain than MRI scans.

Take Home Messages: The development of serious disability due to low back pain is strongly associated with psychosocial factors such as the person’s beliefs about their condition.   The study found that:  Abnormalities on MRI scan of the spine do not predict a person’s long term outcome, their medical care needs, or future disability; but Psychological distress and fear of activity harming the back...

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