3 Back Pain Myths Debunked

Back Pain Myths DebunkedBecause back pain is such a common occurrence, the Internet is filled with information that you can access at the click of a button or touch of a screen. Unfortunately, some of it just isn’t true. We’re going to look at three of the biggest misconceptions about back pain.

Myth #1 – Back Pain Runs in Families

Back pain is not caused by a genetic predisposition, so if you and your parents happen to all have backache, it’s not likely to be because of something you inherited. However, it is possible that a shared injury occurred if, for example, the family was all in a vehicle during a car accident. The pain may have started sooner for some than others, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the injuries happened at different times.

Myth #2 – The Degree of Pain Equals the Degree of Damage

This actually is true when it comes to acute pain at the time of an injury, but when dealing with chronic pain, this is not always the case. Long-term backache even if it is not that severe, may indicate serious degeneration. On the other hand, severe pain like sciatica can potentially be caused by something relatively simple to correct.

Myth #3 – The Best Treatment for Back Pain Is Rest

Granted, there are times when rest is needed, but lying down for weeks is not always the best medicine. In fact, being sedentary for more than a couple of days can lead to all sorts of problems including:

  • Increased risk of a blood clot
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Increased joint stiffness
  • Bone mineral loss
  • Cardiopulmonary deconditioning

Taking a Proactive Approach to Back Pain

When dealing with backache, you may not often think of the neck as the underlying source of the problem. However, this has been the case for many. When the C1 (atlas) becomes misaligned, shifts take place throughout the back to compensate. If the biggest changes occur in the lower back, this can lead to chronic pain and nerve conditions like sciatica. In these cases, correcting the original problem can be the first step in finding long-term relief, and this has been seen in upper cervical case studies. To learn more, find a practitioner near you.

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