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Are MRI scans over diagnosing back pain?golf pain

Professor Peter O’Sullivan of Pain-Ed.com recently discussed the potential over treatment of athletes with back pain. This can be applied to not just athletes but members of the general public who have ongoing non-traumatic back pain. Read up on this in more detail here:

http://www.pain-ed.com/blog/2016/02/12/over-treatment-and-inappropriate-treatment-of-pain-in-athletes/

But in summary:

  • Don’t rely on scan results alone to diagnose the cause of your pain.
  • Scans are helpful but are not the only tool to assess your pain.
  • Back pain is often linked to any of or a combination of the following, not just injury of tissues:
    • Too high training volumes
    • Sleep deficits
    • Emotional distress
    • Fatigue
    • Performance pressures
    • Fear of pain and poor performance or inability to perform

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