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Predicting the transition from acute to persistent low back pain

Dr Mary Wyatt

A small but significant proportion of people with back pain go on to develop long-term problems.

New Zealand researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin wanted to try and predict which people would develop a persistent and long-term back condition. Patients attending their health protect practitioner for a first episode of back pain, or a recurrent episode of back pain where they had been free from pain to 6 months, were assessed. A range of issues were explored, including occupational factors, psychological factors, their...

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