Low back pain is very common. And while most cases will resolve on their own in a few weeks, 23% of those affected, or almost 1 in 4, will experience persistent pain. We now know that pain, especially persistent pain, is a product of biological, psychological, social, and environmental influences. This may help partially explain why there is currently limited evidence for significant effectiveness of many of the common treatments for chronic back pain. However, there is a growing body of work that is demonstrating that what in individual believes about their back pain plays a role in their pain and disability.
In general, studies have found that negative beliefs are a risk factor for developing persistent pain.
So, what does this mean?
This means that learning more correct information about back pain, staying positive, and keeping up with your normal activities as much as possible are optimal behaviors.
Worrying, over-analyzing, and being afraid to move because something “might” hurt are actually all behaviors that negatively impact healing and can actually prolong your recovery.
Simple, in theory. But simple isn’t always easy.
Bottom line, we are all a lot stronger and more robust than we realize despite what some websites, trainers, and medical professionals may lead you to believe.
There’s a lot of noise out there with promises of quick fixes and new special treatments. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Keep it simple, be patient, stay positive.
We’re here to help guide you if you need us.
In the meantime, here’s a couple good websites to help you learn more about persistent pain and what you can do for yourself:
-Andrew S. Rothschild, PT