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Research short: Getting disability off your back

Dr Mary Wyatt

New research shows patient anxiety and distress about a lower back complaint significantly reduces the chance of a successful return to work outcome.

While back pain is a fairly common affliction, being disabled by back pain is comparatively rare. However, when a back pain-induced disability occurs, it results in a very restricted lifestyle, high treatment costs, and can often lead to relationship disruption, isolation and depression. A number of studies have suggested that the severity of the medical condition, and the severity of the pain, do not correlate with the level of disability...

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