An Investigation of People with Persistent Low Back Pain and High Pain-Related Fear
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Pain that is interpreted as threatening can lead to fear, avoidance and disengagement from valued activities. Low back pain (LBP) associated with high pain-related fear is disabling. The body of work presented in this doctoral thesis aims to better understand the relationship between pain, fear and disability; and how the process of change unfolds for individuals with persistent LBP and high pain-related fear over the course of an exposure-based behavioural intervention.
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Bunzli, S.; Smith, Anne; Schütze, R.; Lin, I.; O'Sullivan, Peter (2017)SYNOPSIS: Pain-related fear is implicated in the transition from acute to chronic low back pain and the persistence of disabling low back pain, making it a key target for physical therapy intervention. The current ...
Bunzli, S.; Smith, Anne; Schütze, R.; O'Sullivan, P. (2017)Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability worldwide. One of the strongest predictors of LBP disability is pain-related fear. The fear avoidance model (FAM) describes how the belief that pain signals damage to ...
Beliefs underlying pain-related fear and how they evolve: a qualitative investigation in people with chronic back pain and high pain-related fearBunzli, Samantha; Smith, Anne; Schütze, R.; O'Sullivan, Peter (2015)OBJECTIVES: The fear-avoidance model describes how the belief that pain is a sign of damage leads to pain-related fear and avoidance. But other beliefs may also trigger the fear and avoidance responses described by the ...