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Back Pain Progression is a Troubling Trend

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Anyone who has spent their 9-to-5 behind a desk can confirm that lower-back pain is a serious threat to employee performance. And according to new research published in the Journal of Pain, up to 70 percent of us will experience such pain in our lifetimes. What’s worse, many of those symptoms will turn chronic.

Researchers with the Arthritis Research U.K. Primary Care Centre evaluated 488 patients who sought treatment for low-back pain. After initial advice was provided by their doctors, the scientists followed-up with the subjects at six months and five years later in order to track any progression of pain.

The results: Those who reported the most pain at their first appointment were significantly more likely to suffer chronic flare-ups. Interestingly, patients who believed that their pain would persist after that initial exam were also more likely to experience that reality.

The bottom line is that all back pain should be taken seriously. Act on it quickly and see your doctor because although the symptoms might go away at first, they often return with greater intensity.

Tags: Health, Back Pain, Pain, Work