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41% Lower Back Pain Goes Away Within 1 Year

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If you have lower back pain that has been triggered within the year, don't despair. There's a good chance that you may recover and not be left with chronic back pain.

Human backResearchers in Australia found that 35% of people with chronic lower back pain will recover within nine months while 41% will recover within one year. The results of their study was published in the on-line journal, BMJ.

The study involved 400 patients who were followed throughout the year by telephone interviews. The patients were asked about pain levels, what they were and weren't able to do, and if they had returned to their previous level of work.

An additional finding was that those who didn't recover as quickly often had taken prior time off word because of lower back pain, had high disability levels, were not as well educated, and often were not born in Australia.

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