Fear of bending is common among patients with a history of low back pain. Often patients will describe that their low back pain developed after they went to bend over. It is understandable that an association between low back pain onset and bending may be established.
- During the acute period in which a low back injury has occurred, it is not a bad idea to limit or avoid bending activities such as sitting or reaching down to pick something up if bending over seems to aggravate symptoms.
- Once the low back pain is improving, bending activities should resume so that the range of motion can be fully restored in the spine. Also, long-term fear of bending can actually become a barrier to full recovery.
- In our office we make sure to keep an eye out for fear of bending, and if the fear is present we work with patients to overcome the fear in a safe environment.
- We like to emphasize that if a low back flare-up does occur when we are having you bend in the office, we will know what to do to get it better.
- We always recommend making an appointment for any new onset spinal or extremity pain as well as for re-aggravations of previous symptoms to properly diagnose the underlying cause and to determine the most appropriate treatment.
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Yours in health,