Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people go to the doctor, and it is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Almost everyone has it at some point. Pain can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work. Back pain often gets better on its own, but sometimes becomes chronic and it takes longer to go away.
It is important to understand the way your brain deals with pain especially when it is chronic, that way, you will be able to manage it and cope better with your situation.
For this reason I want to recommend a great book “Explain Pain” written by David S. Butler and G. Lorimer Moseley (2013) to all of those people who suffer with or have been suffering with back pain. It is an evidence based book designed for therapists, patients and students. As a Physiotherapist I deal with patients experiencing chronic pain on a regular basis, and reading this book helped me to develop a clinicians understanding of what the patient is going through, it also has good pictures and strategies to help with communication.
I have created a few mind maps about the book, where I have summarized the main concepts . I hope you will find them useful. For those who do not know, you have to read the mind map clockwise.