5 Public Misconceptions About Back Pain

Misconceptions About Back Pain

The world is full of misinformation. Unfortunately, if we hear the same thing repeatedly, it is bound to stick, making it more difficult to recognize right from wrong. This article will discuss some common misconceptions about back pain and the most recommended care plan to relieve pain in the upper cervical region.

#1. It’s just imagined pain.

The notion that back pain is all in your head is one of the most common misconceptions. Back pain can signify serious health problems and can last for months or even years. It’s essential to get assistance and perspective from a doctor if you have continuous or recurring back pain or any soreness in your upper cervical area because it could mean or lead to a more serious problem like cancer or a permanent and debilitating injury. The good news? There are things you or a medical professional can do to reduce your risk and pain, and help prevent future back injuries from happening!

#2. There’s nothing to worry about back pain.

Because of how common it is, it is very easy for people to believe this second misconception about back pain – that it is not a cause for concern and can easily be ignored without repercussions. That could not be farther from the truth. Back pains, especially chronic ones, clearly indicate that you and your body suffer from a serious underlying health problem. In fact, many people with back pain will be surprised to learn that their symptoms may be caused by something else entirely—and not just any old thing.

Dozens of conditions can cause severe muscle spasms in the lower back, such as heart attack and stroke, spinal cord injury, cancer, and infection or inflammation at any location along your (lower or upper cervical) spine, which gives way to tumors. And these aren't even all the things that can cause them! If you have any of these problems, you need to seek medical attention immediately so they can be treated properly before they worsen.

#3. It will get better on its own with rest.

Fresh back pain due to simple muscle strain from a specific activity or overwork can indeed heal on its own with time and rest. However, if you have back pain that has been bothering your life for more than a few weeks, months, or years, it is not likely to get better without any help or intervention. If that is your case, you should consult a doctor or get in touch with an Upper Cervical chiropractor. They'll be able to assess you and your situation and prescribe treatment accordingly.

If your symptoms are accompanied by other signs like fever and bad cough, then it's time for action! Get yourself checked ASAP by a doctor- there could be something quite serious going on besides just tired muscles or old age.

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#4. Only old people get back pain.

Back pain is not just due to old age. Many people in their early 20s experience back pain for various reasons, so do not be fooled by the idea that only old people suffer or experience back pain or that you are experiencing back pain because you are experiencing "premature old age" in your 20s.

The causes of back pain can range from injuries to a birth defect or even a genetic disorder such as scoliosis. The good news is that most of these issues can be treated effectively with physical therapy and medication or Upper Cervical Chiropractic care.

Conditions that can cause back pain regardless of age include (but is not limited to): 

  1. Lumbar spondylosis (a disorder involving inflammation of the spine and sacroiliac joints)
  2. Disc prolapse (when the disc separating vertebrae slips out of place and presses against other discs)
  3. Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of arteries leading to blood flow to the spinal cord)

#5. Upper Cervical Chiropractic can’t do anything for back pain.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a method or form of chiropractic care that focuses on the upper neck and head area. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to restore normal nerve flow in your upper spine, which can help relieve back pain.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic can also help with a variety of conditions such as:

  • Body pains (including back, neck, shoulder, and sciatica)
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • TMJ Disorders
  • Fibromyalgia

Remember that if you have back pain, it doesn’t necessarily mean that something is horribly wrong with your spine and it will be the end of your world. No. Some things can be done, so if you experience any kind of back pain for more than four weeks, it could be a sign of an underlying problem like ligament damage or arthritis.

It will give you a greater chance of recovering and taking back control of your life and health by being proactive and acting immediately. If you have any recollection of arguing with your gut, inner self, or yourself (however you want to call it) about your back pain and any of the statements above, then it’s already worth seeing a doctor or chiropractor so they can perform all the necessary checkups and exams on your spine to figure out exactly what’s going on.


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