It's well known that pain is part physical and part mental.  This certainly is the case for back pain: A recent study confirms that your perceptions about back pain can actually influence your recovery time from injury.

A group of four researchers from the Arthritis Research U.K. Primary Care Centre looked at almost 500 individuals who sought medical care for their lower back pain. They reviewed the level of their back pain at onset, as well as at six month and five year intervals.

In the study, people who believed their back pain was there to stay had a 4% increase rate of developing chronic pain at the six month mark. That rate actually increased to 6% after the five year mark. Admittedly, these percentages aren’t particularly high but, when it comes to easing back pain, every little thing you can do to avoid future issues can help. At a minimum, it could keep you from being in the 4-6% that may not have had worsened back pain if they had a more positive outlook.

If you’re suffering from low back pain, make an appointment with Dr. Hitchcock today. He is your Athens chiropractor who will help lessen your back pain both physically and mentally through his optimistic spirit and skilled treatment.

Chiropractic isn’t just about alleviating your back pain, it's also about lifting your spirits!


Campbell, P et al. Prognostic Indicators of Low Back Pain in Primary Care: Five-Year Prospective Study. The Journal of Pain, 2013; 14 (8): 873 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2013.03.013

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