Does Continued Focus and Tracking of Symptoms Actually Exacerbate A Clients Condition?

Pain & Injury on March 6th, 2011 No Comments

The desire to have clients record and track the location, intensity, frequency, duration, onset, triggers and medication use for specific conditions is common place in research as well as in clinical practice. Especially when studying and treating clients who suffer from conditions like Tension-type Headaches, Low Back Pain and other chronic pain syndromes. It is important to establish a baseline for these symptoms and have measurable’s defined to see if the treatment intervention is having a therapeutic effect. Can this daily focus and consistent reporting to various practitioners actually exacerbate symptoms through self awareness, not to mention the stress associated with having one more thing to do in the course of a busy day? The answer is most likely yes to this question. Does this persistent focus cause the client to become their symptoms and or condition therefore loosing sight of themselves? How best can we deal with this variable/problem and what can be done to minimize the impact that this factor has on a client, data collection and ability to accurately report and publish findings?

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