Back Pain Triggers Recalled Fewer than 20% of the Time
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Friday, July 03, 2015 01:56 PM
Quick Brief:  People with lower back pain often think a specific moment of extreme exertion triggered their sudden discomfort. Only 17 percent of patients in this study recalled experiencing specific triggers for lower back pain during the previous 24 hours prior to presentation.

 

People with lower back pain often think a specific moment of extreme exertion triggered their sudden discomfort.  An Australian study suggests simple daily tasks can just as easily contribute, but when researchers asked 999 adults what caused their back problems, about two-thirds blamed a specific experience on the day their pain surfaced.  Because triggers for lower back pain can occur days, weeks or even months before the sudden onset of discomfort, however, it’s likely that many patients misplaced blame.

Worldwide, lower back pain is a leading cause of disability, afflicting about 1 in 10 people, according to a recent estimate. The odds of developing this type of pain increase with age.  While acute back pain tends to have a good prognosis and will improve over time, failure to recognize red flags can have significant negative consequences.  Understanding what triggered an episode of back pain may help people avoid those causes, according to the study authors.

Many participants reported experiencing one of the common causes of back pain on the day the flare-up started. But only 17 percent of them recalled experiencing these triggers during the previous 24 hours.

I think it is a mistaken notion that most low back pain is due to a specific event and that, knowing this, there is something that could be done to prevent it.  Unfortunately, pinpointing the culprit after back pain has started doesn’t make treatment more effective, but it might help avoid future recurrences leading to improved quality of life.


Source:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/back-pain-bothering-you-it-may-not-be-because-of-a-specific-thing-you-did/2015/06/15/38dd4dd2-107d-11e5-9726-49d6fa26a8c6_story.html