Do patients consider low back pain a signal to stop being active?

Allan Riis, Emma Louise Karran, Anette Jørgensen, Søren Holst, Nanna Rolving

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiForskningpeer review


Background: Advice to stay active is recommended to all patients with low back pain (LBP) without a serious underlying condition. Some patients still believe that inactivity leads to recovery. However, these patients may be less likely to experience favourable outcomes. The aim is to investigate how many patients consider LBP to be a signal to stop being active.
Methods: A cross sectional study involving adults with LBP referred from general practices to the Spine Centre at Silkeborg Regional Hospital, Denmark. Patients who completed a routinely delivered electronic questionnaire prior to initial consultation were considered for inclusion. Patients were excluded if serious pathology was suspected. Included patients replied to additional socio-demographic questions, attitudes to spinal imaging, and beliefs about LBP. The question: ‘if pain is increasing, it is a warning signal to stop with my physical activities until pain is

decreasing’ from 0 to 10. Scores of 0-5 were coded as ‘disagree’ and scores of 6-10 were coded as ‘agree’.
Results: 826 consecutive patients were included during 2017. Mean age was 52.7 years (SD 13.8) and 458 (55.5%) were women. 749 (90.7%) had chronic LBP, the mean NPR was 5.2 (SD 2.5), and the mean RMDQ score was 14.0 (SD 4.9). 605 (73.2%) agreed that pain is a warning signal to stop being active and 727 (88.1%) considered MR scans and x-rays to be important for their recovery.
Conclusion: Patients with LBP patients frequently hold erroneous beliefs that may be detrimental for recovery.
TitelAbstracts for NCGP : Aalborg 2019
Antal sider2
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Udgivet eksterntJa
Begivenhed21st Nordic Congress of General Practice 2019; Promoting General Practice Perspectives - Aalborg, Danmark
Varighed: 17 jun. 201920 jun. 2019 (Konferencens hjemmeside)


Konference21st Nordic Congress of General Practice 2019; Promoting General Practice Perspectives


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