Research Updates

Back problems: beliefs and recovery - the evidence

Dr Mary Wyatt

A person's beliefs about back problems influence how they engage with treatment, so providing the right information is vital.

Take Home Messages: Patients with back pain that does not have a specific identifiable cause are more likely to believe that their problem relates to some type of damage in the spine. In turn, this group of patients is more likely to catastrophise, which may limit the effectiveness of treatment.  Addressing pain beliefs by explaining the problem and emphasising the body's ability to repair itself can help prevent catastrophi...

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