While back pain is a common medical complaint, there often is no specific cause for the pain in up to 85% of cases with poor correlation between the presence of imaging abnormalities and pain (Sanzarello, Ilaria et al, 2016). In fact, abnormalities seen in imaging tests are often part of the normal aging process.
Check out this great video presentation by Dr. Peter O’Sullivan to learn more.
I read the other day on social media a suggestion for patients when selecting a healthcare provider to ask them their definition of pain to see if it is similar to the definition provided by the International Association of the Study of Pain (IASP).
The key for me is if they understand pain is biopsychosocial (BPS) in nature and treat it that way.
I may have to ask this going forward. What do you think?
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