Back pain is very common and can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. Back pain can start quickly if you fall or lift something too heavy and for others or it can get worse slowly. Luckily most episodes of back pain get better quickly. Keeping active usually speeds up recovery.
For some people with back pain recovery can be slower than usual, often taking several months or longer. Unfortunately the longer someone has back pain the more difficult it is to treat successfully and many do not fully recovery. Treatments usually involve some form of regular exercise, it doesn’t seem to matter which type of exercise or whether it is done at the gym or at home. Preventing people from developing long-term low back pain can be a more effective approach than trying to treat it once they have.
This NHMRC funded randomised controlled study aims to prevent people with acute low back pain developing chronic low back pain using an optimised pain education approach. In this intervention a specially trained pain clinician provides two one-hour consultations with a patient with acute low back pain to discuss their condition.
Dennis Frost was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia at age 59. In honour of Frontotemporal Awareness Week, he has shared with us some of the impacts the diagnosis has had on his life. Here, he discusses the worry of forgetting family history and what he can pass on to the next generation. How do we live on beyond our own mortality? We […]