Oooh Aah Ouch... Back pain is only psychological

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London, Mar 11 (UNI) 'Moov ki Maalish' may no longer be able to provide relief from the crippling back pain as a new study suggests the problem can be in the mind for many sufferers.

According to the findings, several people develop pain from reading about the problem or hearing family, friends and work colleagues moan about their own aches. The mind eventually gets tricked into thinking the body is in pain, even when there has been no obvious injury or trigger.

Researchers have blamed increased exposure to media reports on making back pain a severely disabling condition. Only 15 per cent of the total back problems could be attributed to an underlying physical cause such as a trapped nerve or slipped disc.

The report, published in the respected International Journal of Epidemiology, said it is described as a leading and acceptable cause of work disability.

Dr Dries Hettinga of the charity BackCare said it was more likely that people who have had occasional discomfort for years became focused on it when they read or heard about others with back pain.

''Many people mistakenly believe rest is the best way to ease back problems. In fact, it's better to stay at work and keep moving,'' she said.

Heather Wallace of the charity Pain Concern said even if the pain was all in the mind, it still needed treating. ''Psychological pain is still real pain and patients still need help and support.'' UNI XC SYU SSC1412

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