Unsatisfactory jobs ‘can give back pain’
Researchers at University of Western Australia have found that workers who resign themselves to work in unsatisfactory jobs are more likely to suffer from serious, persistent lower back pain than others with a positive attitude.
In their study, they found that a third of people studied with niggling non-specific back pain went on to develop daily back pain that severely affected their career and social lives.
Although the workers required extended sick leave and went to their doctors complaining of pain, only a few had suffered a physical change such as a slipped disc. Anatomical tests showed no reasons for their ongoing daily problems with pain, say the researchers.
The researchers found that patients who continued to show “maladaptive cognitions” such as fear and helplessness about their condition, movement avoidance and magnification of its seriousness were likely to develop a persistent condition.