And the final part of this Lower back pain blog is regarding factors in our life that we wouldn’t think influence our pain. Also, there is hope for people dealing with persistent back pain.
9 Sleep deprivation, stress, low mood and worry influence back pain
Some people feel that pain can only be mechanical, but there are a few other factors that affect our pain perception when we have lower back pain. Life events that cause increased levels of stress or depression can enhance the pain we feel. Understanding these factors and trying to take control of them will help. Studies have shown that with a cognitive approach dealing with stress’, fears relating to the injury and of movement will help lower pain scores and result in good outcomes (1)
10 Persistent back pain can get better
As previously noted in the last point and the other parts of this blog, there are many factors influencing back pain and not every individual is the same, requiring a tailored treatment plan to match their needs. Most people with persistent back pain will likely need to address non-physical factors as mentioned in the last point (2).
It is very common as most treatments only address one factor, if someone goes for a massage for their sore muscles, but fails to address their stress at work or fitness levels. You can understand why problems likes this become an “on + off” issue throughout life.
Identifying the different contributing factors for each individual and trying to address them, pain can be greatly reduced and people can live a happier and healthier life.
1. O’Keeffe et al, (2015) Individualised cognitive functional therapy compared with a combined exercise and pain education class for patients with non-specific chronic low back pain: study protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial, BMJ Open
2. O’Sullivan, P. (2012) ‘It’s time for change with the management of non-specific chronic low back pain‘, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46(4), 224-227.