A new study turns this conception of acute low back pain upside down, suggesting that the natural progression of acute low-back pain may differ dramatically from what experts previously thought.
In the study, 589 acute back-pain patients answered extensive questionnaires on their current episode of pain as well as their history of back pain in general. After analyzing their responses, the researchers found that unlike the common cold, episodes of back pain tend to build off of one another. In the study, 73 percent of patients reported that they had previous episodes of low-back pain. Sixty six percent of those patients said their symptoms were significantly worse during their current episode of back pain compared to their last. The researchers wrote that recurring and worsening nature of back pain suggests that "whatever initiates the pain usually subsides but remains capable of repeating the cycle again."
If you're suffering from an episode of acute low-back pain, a chiropractor can help you heal from a current episode of acute low-back pain while helping you learn to practice healthy habits to prevent it from returning,
Donelson R, McIntosh G, Hall H. Is it time to rethink the typical course of low-back pain?. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2012; doi:10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.10.015.(In press, corrected proof version).
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