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Why does back pain become chronic?

Often we don’t know why someone has chronic back pain. Even if a cause can be found (such as a worn facet joint or disc) the pain may continue after the original problem has settled down.

When you’re in pain for a long time your first thought may be to avoid normal activities and movement. You may also lose confidence in your ability to resume your everyday activities. This may affect your work, social life and personal relationships. You may feel anxious or depressed, particularly if family members and medical professionals appear unhelpful or unsympathetic. If you’re anxious or depressed you may not feel like exercising, so your muscles become weaker still, and so it goes on. This creates a vicious cycle.

This can happen to anyone, and the longer it goes on the harder it’ll be for you to recover your movement and confidence. So it’s really important to keep up with exercise and daily activities as much as possible.

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