Fear of Back Pain, Predicts Back Pain

September 24, 2009

Researchers in Denmark suggest the fear of getting back pain from nursing or caring for the elderly is predictive of actually developing back pain.

Jette Nygaard Jensen and colleagues at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, say fear-avoidance beliefs involve avoiding physical activities that are expected to cause pain — although ironically these beliefs are often associated with developing chronic pain.

More than 2,600 female healthcare workers were given questionnaires that measured both fear-avoidance beliefs about work and fear-avoidance beliefs about physical activity.

For those who had a previous history of lower back pain, both workload and fear-avoidance beliefs played a part in new episodes of lower back pain. More…