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Back pain and pessimism: A vicious cycle-The evidence

Tom Wells-Quinn

Pessimistic beliefs about back pain can prolong suffering and prevent proper treatment

Take Home Messages: Back pain is very common in the community and affects almost everyone at some stage in their life. The majority of people experience only mild back pain and have positive views about back pain. A small number of people experience severe back pain and associated disability. Severe back pain and disability makes people more likely to have pessimistic views of back pain. Pessimistic views of back pain may be a predictor for ...

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