Video: Reframing pain to overcome lower back pain
Thousands of Australians have lower back pain. It reduces quality of life and can damage overall health.
A new series of reports from The Lancet has found an over reliance on opioids – narcotic drugs – for pain relief and overuse of CT and MRI scans, leading to unnecessary back surgeries.
All this could be preventing us from beating lower back pain.
International experts say we need to stop thinking about pain as the body’s way of protecting us from further injury – It isn’t.
Reframing our thinking about pain can help sufferers to get back to regular exercise and movement that will strengthen the back and cut recovery time allowing us to get back to life.
Last Reviewed: 25/06/2018
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Most Australian adults will experience low back pain at some time in their lives. Most uncomplicated low back pain resolves after a period of active recovery and people are generally back to normal within 4 weeks.
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