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As the chronic pain epidemic continues to pour over into the opioid epidemic, new research continues to break down the complexity of chronic pain. Just a few short years ago, chronic pain was viewed completely from a biomechanical perspective. When the medical community realized that treating only the injury was not only not working, but the epidemic of chronic pain continued to worsen they realized they needed to take a step back and look at the whole person. What has been discovered has been an eye-opening look at how chronic pain involves factors beyond what is happening within body tissue. Now, we take a broader look at the whole person and understand chronic pain has a multitude of origins.
Over time, physicians and other professionals realized the amount of tissue damage...
More than two-thirds of pregnant women report low back pain and up to one-fifth report pelvic pain during pregnancy. Reports of pain tend to increase later in pregnancy and interfere with daily activities, sleep, and work. About 20% of women who experience low back or pelvic pain during pregnancy report persistent pain for up to 3 years following pregnancy.
Chronic pain is complicated and much research in recent years has revolved around the term “pain catastrophizing”. Catastrophizing is a process of becoming fixated on pain, magnifying the effects of it, feeling helpless, and expecting negative outcomes associated with pain.
Research shows that those who catastrophize are more likely to develop persistent chronic pain and disability. Women who demonstrated pain catastrophizing during their pregnancy were found to be less likely to have been active throughout their pregnancy and more likely to develop persistent pain after.
The recommendation of daily physical activity...
Have you considered getting an MRI as the missing piece of the puzzle in finally living a life without back pain?
Unfortunately, this is the sentiment we hear far too often from our clients living with chronic low back pain. The longer the pain continues, the more strongly you might consider an MRI as the best option.
Imaging is recommended so often for a variety of medical conditions that we've become conditioned to believe imaging findings will finally give us an idea of what is going on and what we should do about it.
But, what if we told you all of this imaging has the potential to cause more harm than good?
Don't get us wrong, there is most definitely a time and a place where imaging is critical, but for general chronic low back pain research found starting with an MRI is often more harmful than it is helpful.
Surprised? So were the researchers who were discovering the potential harm in our healthcare system's practice of ordering imaging for every...