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Fear, expectation and back pain - the evidence

Friyana Bhabha

Knowing what psychosocial factors affect recovery from low back pain can help target employee interventions

Take Home Messages: Employers can identify workers at increased risk of poor outcomes because of back pain. This can be done by asking about: The person’s expectations about their recovery; and Fear avoidance beliefs/behaviours. Understanding a person’s expectations and fears about their back problem – and whether these cause them to avoid activities – can be evaluated through a discussion with the worker. Why the...

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