Identifying Patient Fear-Avoidance Beliefs by Physical Therapists Managing Patients With Low Back Pain

Darren Q. Calley, Steven Jackson, Heather Collins, Steven Z. George
  • Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, December 2010, Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT)
  • DOI: 10.2519/jospt.2010.3381

Identifying fear avoidance beliefs

What is it about?

Fear avoidance beliefs contribute to our understanding of low back pain. This study assesses the ability of physical therapists to identify fear avoidance beliefs after performing a lumbar spine evaluation.

Why is it important?

Identifying individuals with elevated fear avoidance beliefs may be an important component of a patient encounter. This study adds to our understanding of the accuracy of therapists ratings of fear avoidance when compared with the self-report questionnaires.

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