Table 3

summarising the responses of members of the public to terms discussed in the focus groups.

Speaking a different

language - terms that could

lead to problematic misunderstandings

Speaking a different

language - terms with

unintended meanings but

few negative repercussions

Speaking a common language

- terms which the public

appeared to understand as intended


Acute

(low) back pain/ache

Muscle spasm

Chronic

Mechanical back pain/ache

Sensation

Recurrent

Muscle sprain

Manipulation

Muscle Weakness

Muscle strain

Mobilisation

Instability

Sciatica

Soft tissue technique

Non-specific back pain

Radiated

Rehabilitation

Neurological involvement

Muscle imbalance

Trapped nerve

Nerve root pain

Paraesthesia

Disc - prolapsed, slipped,

Managing your back pain

Herniated, ruptured

Coping

Facet Joint

Psychological pain

Alignment

Wear and Tear

Posture

Arthritis

Spondylitis

Exercise

Stenosis

Activity

Disability


Barker et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2009 10:123   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-10-123

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