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All in the Mind!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 3:20 am
by PeteD
Look what i just found!!! i had it confirmed by a top spine specialist as well!!!

In a four-year investigation that followed patients who initially had no lower back pain, Stanford researchers studied their subjects' spines using both disc injection and magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. And they also got to know their research subjects through psychological evaluations. It turned out that psychological factors more accurately predicted who would develop lower back pain than the two diagnostic techniques.

In people both with and without back pain, MRI can detect cracks or tears in the spongy cartilage disc that cushions each unit of the spine. Some doctors also have suggested that if a patient feels pain when fluid is injected into one of the spine's discs in a procedure called discography, the patient will soon develop back pain even if he or she doesn't already feel discomfort. The researchers found that patients with poor coping skills, as measured by psychological testing, or with chronic pain were nearly three times more likely to develop back pain compared to those with neither. A history of disputed workers' compensation claims also predicted future back pain. Meanwhile, a crack in the disc or a "high-intensity zone" seen on MRI was weakly associated with back pain, but the result was not statistically significant. The structural problems were overwhelmed by the psychosocial factors. [Spine May 15,2004;29(10): pp.1112-7]

This study confirms the findings of Dr. John Sarno

PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 6:00 pm
by Guest
Pete D wrote
The researchers found that patients with poor coping skills [...] or with chronic pain were nearly three times more likely to develop back pain compared to those with neither.


Seems there's a potential plethora of logical fallacies here....where does one start? With the article, perhaps? Thanks for the citation :)

Jeanette