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Nothing To Fear Except Fear Itself?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The November, 2014 issue of The Spine Journal examined the role of so-called catastrophizing on chronic back pain.  As the name suggests, catastrophizing is the tendency to think that things are much worse, indeed often hopeless, than they really are.  I guess it is no real surprise to find out that people who engage in such thinking have more problems with back pain. This was also true of people who exhibited so-called fear-avoidance beliefs (FAB). This one is a bit more subtle that catastrophizing. People with FAB's avoid physical activities out of concern that these activities will worsen their back pain.  Given the role de-conditioning plays in chronic back pain, this makes a great deal of sense.  If your back pain seems to be worse than it should be and you are avoiding doing things that might help, it might be worthwhile to consider the role of catastrophizing and FAB. There is an on-line questionnaire you can take to see if you might be susceptible. 

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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