Body-mind interactions in low back pain

A common belief about low back pain (LBP) is that it is either about physical structures in the back or is related to factors in a person’s life (like stress, thoughts, low job satisfaction), and that these two options are mutually exclusive.


In this piece Mary O’Keeffe and Dr Kieran O’Sullivan explore why this dichotomy between “real” LBP (local back tissue injuries) and “imaginary” LBP (related to stress or thoughts) is inaccurate, and they draw on parallels in other health conditions to highlight why LBP management remains far too focussed on local tissue structures.

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