The Hidden Effects of Back Pain

The Hidden Effects of Back Pain

The impact of back problems on sufferers tends to be perceived as physical, but there are also some hidden effects of back pain that can have significant social and emotional consequences which are often overlooked.

An interesting article about the negative physical, psychological and social impacts of back pain discusses a study of people aged over 65, which looked at the various effects of back pain on the everyday lives of sufferers.

The study showed that, from a physical point of view, participants said they were unable to fulfil routine tasks and often experienced disrupted sleep and exercise levels.

But they also reported other, non-physical effects of back pain which were having a huge negative influence on their lives. They were:

  • Emotional: Experiencing anxiety, depression, irritability, and loss of hope, as well as the fear of physical deterioration.
  • Social: Feeling isolated and depressed because of an inability to engage in hobbies and social activities.

This study was really interesting to us because it reflects what we’ve found in our trials of Pelvipro, which has shown that back pain has a negative effect on individuals’ everyday lives in a number of ways, not just physically.

Pelvipro works by correcting asymmetrical movement patterns around the lumbar spine and pelvis, which is often a key cause of lower back pain. So our main focus has been on the physical pain relief of patients. And it has been hugely successful in this regard: In trials, responding to the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire, 95% of our patients improved on their “ability to fulfil routine tasks”. And 90% of them showed an improvement in their disrupted sleep.

But, interestingly, many of our patients said that using Pelvipro helped counteract some of the emotional and social effects of back pain, in addition to providing physical relief. Our trials showed:

  • 92% of patients trialled were able to partake more in the activities they enjoyed doing. They classed many of these activities as “exercise-related” or “hobby-related”.
  • 95% improved in their stress levels or anxiety
  • 84% improved in their fear of back pain and loss of hope levels

During our work with physios, training them in the use of the device, the benefits reported by our patients were also confirmed. All the physios we’ve worked with so far have said that it has not only reduced their patients’ pain, but also helped in their emotional and social recovery.

Linking back to the study mentioned above, elderly patients are more likely to have suffered with their back pain for a considerable time, and their pain is more likely to be chronic. In trials, Pelvipro was found to be equally effective with chronic patients as with acute ones.

We believe that the great thing about Pelvipro is that, not only does it correct the asymmetrical pattern of movement around the lumbar spine and pelvis and reduce or eliminate pain, but it also helps relieve other, less obvious effects of back pain. It can also be used as a preventative measure, enabling people to look after their backs, rather than getting progressively worse before taking action.

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