We see a lot of people who often prolong their back pain and even have poor outcomes due to their beliefs about their back pain – we dispel a few myths about it just below
If my back is hurt I will have permanent back pain: although initially your pain may be high, the back is a strong structure, designed to move, and permanent damage is rare.
If I have back pain I should stay in bed and rest: although avoiding aggravating activities is wise initially, prolonged bed rest may actually make your back pain worse. Keeping active and gradually increasing your activity as your pain settles is the best approach.
The more back pain I have, the more my spine is damaged: Pain and damage are poorly related. A paper cut is a great example of this! Pain levels differ between individuals for a variety of reasons – two people with the same injury can feel vastly different amounts of pain.
My pain is due to something being ‘out of place‘: Despite the widely adopted language, discs and bones do not randomly ‘pop in and out’. Research shows that the most disabled people with low back pain are those that hold the belief that there is a problem with the structure of their spine.
I need an x-ray or scan for my back pain: Not necessarily. A large proportion of back pain is ‘non-specific’, or in other words, won’t really show anything with X-rays or even CT/MRI scans. Most adults will have spine changes upon imaging. These tests should be reserved for those where more serious problems are present.
You should always seek help with a sore back – with correct education and advice your risk of long term problems will be minimal. We understand back pain and have been treating it for years with great patient outcomes.
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