In the this months copy (April) of the J.A.P.T (Journal of American Physical Therapy), Fear-Avoidance with those with back pain is explored.
What does it all mean and what is the conclusion?
1. If you have Chronic, intermittent low back pain; you should be aware that fear of further injury may cause you to avoid certain movments or activities, which can lead to worse outcomes in the future.
2. If you are fearful of movement, you are at a higher risk of falling.
How can Physical Therapy help? Physical Therapist are trained as movement specialist. Moving body, learning new movements, and keeping active are part of a successful rehabilitation, and Physical Therapists at PTW are practice with an eye towards restoring function and movement.
reference: JAPT, Vol 91, April 2011, pg 525-533