PWJ - PAINWeek Journal Vol 9, Q1 | 2021

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short cuts

By Kate Schopmeyer

pt, dpt, cpe

Words that we, as clinicians, might consider innocuous could in fact directly influence somebody’s experience of pain. Referral language is changing from “Diagnosis: Chronic low back pain or idiopathic low back pain. Needs core stabilization” to “Please help the patient with beliefs and fear avoidance. He could benefit from some pain neuroscience education.”