Resources for General Practitioners
Expectation has a powerful influence on recovery, and health professionals have a powerful influence on expectations.
she’d also said to me is ‘unfortunately, because you’ve done this, you
have a very high chance of doing it again.’ So that’s kind of come
back to me”
29 YEAR OLD FEMALE WITH ACUTE PAIN
Most acute low
back pain improves a lot in the first few weeks. Someone may well
experience another episode, but this does not mean they never recovered
from the first episode (especially if they have returned to full
function in between times).
future episodes as being new events, and managing them as such, is more
helpful than taking them as evidence the back is weak or damaged.
The analogy of a
cold may be useful. We may feel terrible while we have a cold, but we
expect to recover fully. When we experience a subsequent cold we do not
assume we failed to recover from a previous cold.