European Spine Journal

, Volume 17, Supplement 4, pp 421–427 | Cite as

New concept for backache: biopsychosocial pain syndrome



Recently a new concept for explaining backache, “biopsychosocial pain syndrome,” has been suggested. Psychosocial factors play an important role in the development and persistence of backache from an early stage. Diagnosis and treatment of backache should be based on the new concept. A good relationship between doctors and patients influences treatment outcome and patient satisfaction. Treatment should be decided by patients themselves, after being informed of the natural history of the disease and the merit and demerit of the treatment.


Backache Etiology Biopsychosocial pain syndrome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryFukushma Medical University School of MedicineFukushimaJapan

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