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‘It's just bone crunchin’ on bone’ — an example of non-recovery-oriented messaging

Lauren Finestone

Healthcare practitioners can worsen their patients’ condition if they communicate negative biomedical beliefs about low back pain. 

A 2013 study with First Nations people living in rural and remote areas of Western Australia showed that disabling persistent low back pain may be partly iatrogenic — when the diagnosis and treatment cause more harm and lead to disability. In other words, healthcare practitioners’ negative beliefs and misconceptions about back pain — for example, that the cause is biomedical, that pain will be permanent or get worse, that activ...

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