Best and worst labels for low back pain • The Medical Republic

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“We have to be super careful about the way we label people with back pain because it can have an enduring influence on their health trajectory,” Professor O’Sullivan said.

“For the right patients, non-threatening labels can facilitate a much more evidence-based, less invasive approach to care.”

“This may suggest that what may be a benign label, such as ‘disc bulge’, among many might be risky among the vulnerable,” Dr O’Keeffe said.

Being able to confidently reassure patients with non-specific LBP that their pain should resolve within four-to-six weeks and that imaging was not required “outweighs the clumsiness of the term”

“Disc bulges and disc degeneration are not useful labels because we know they don’t differentiate between people with and without pain,”

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Best and worst labels for low back pain • The Medical Republic

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