Psychogenic considerations

The patient may be unduly stressed, not coping with life or malingering. It may be necessary to probe beneath the surface of the presenting problem.

A patient with low back pain following lifting at work poses a problem that causes considerable anguish to doctors, especially when the pain becomes chronic and complex. Chronic pain may be the last straw for patients who have been struggling to cope with personal problems; their fragile equilibrium is upset by the back pain. Many patients who have been dismissed as malingerers turn out to have a genuine problem. The importance of a caring, competent practitioner with an insight into all facets of his or her patient's suffering, organic and functional, becomes obvious. The tests for non-organic back pain are very useful in this context.

Back Pain Revealed

Back Pain Revealed

Tired Having Back Pains All The Time, But You Choose To Ignore It? Every year millions of people see their lives and favorite activities limited by back pain. They forego activities they once loved because of it and in some cases may not even be able to perform their job as well as they once could due to back pain.

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