I've always had excellent health and no back problems. Everyone else at work had back pain but not me. Now I've had some unexpected back pain myself. I'm freaked out that I won't get better. Is there any way to tell who will or won't get over it?
Predicting a person's outcome without a crystal ball is never easy. But a recent study of neck and shoulder pain offered the following insights.
Psychologic factors are as important in recovery as physical factors. Worrying won't help. In fact, worrying can slow down and even halt your return to normal. A positive attitude goes a long way in a situation like yours.
Sandra D. M. Bot, MSc, et al. Predictors of Outcome in Neck and Shoulder Symptoms. In Spine. August 15, 2005. Vol. 30. No. 16. Pp. E459-E470.
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