Being struck in an unhappy job, can cause you neck pain, says a new study. Researchers believe that majority of back pain sufferers may be simply unhappy at their work. The study found that people with a positive attitude toward work are less likely to have lower back problems.
In a study by experts from the University of Western Australia, interviewed three hundred and fifteen patients who visit their GP, because of their first episode of non-specific back pain that was followed up at three, six and tweleveth weeks. The questionnaire included questions about their attitude towards their work.
By the end of the study nearly sixty-four patients were classified as suffering from persistent back pain. In some cases pain worsen after six months, which could be due to getting into a negativity spiral. People getting support from colleagues and having their fair share of duties may recuperate their positivity towards work.
Anatomical tests of the other patients involved in the study found no physical causes for continuing daily problems with pain. Study author Prof Markus Melloh, stated attitude and positivity in the workplace has a huge impact on lower back pain. Positive thinking would make people better. Having someone to listen and show emotional support at work is a strong protective factor.
Once people stay at home on sick leave, it gets harder to go back to work and the pain gets worse. It is a vicious circle that needs to be broken. The research shows that if patients feel helpless and are convinced that any movement will land them in a wheelchair, they are making their condition worse, conclude Dr Melloh.