In this review: Changes in Pain Catastrophizing and Fear-Avoidance Beliefs as Mediators of Early Physical Therapy on Disability and Pain in Acute Low Back Pain: A Secondary Analysis of a Clinical Trial (Pain Medicine; abstract only available for free)
Study: Early Therapy LBP Gains Partly Fueled by Changes in Attitudes About Pain
Researchers believe that PTs help to dial back acute LBP patients' catastrophizing thoughts, which may reduce disability and pain.
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