Get the truth about back pain
In the age of the internet, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information available on lower back pain and its treatment options. In this article we will debunk the 6 most common misconceptions about lower back pain to help you find the information you need to take care of your back.
Myth #1: Lower Back Pain Won’t Happen to Me
About 80% of people will have back pain in their lives at some point. In the US alone, back pain is the second most common cause of primary care doctor’s visits and is the third most common reason for surgeries.
Unfortunately, lower back pain is such a common ailment that the most people will experience it at some point throughout their lifetimes.
Myth #2: The Extent of Lower Back Pain Depends on the Level of Pain
This myth can be true and false, depending on the type of back pain you are experiencing. For acute back pain, the level of pain does tend to increase with the more damage (an example of acute pain would be if you touched a hot stove, you would instantly feel a lot of pain). So for acute back pain, this myth is true.
With chronic lower back pain that you have experienced for 1-2 months or longer, however, the level of pain does not usually indicate how much back damage you have. This can be misleading as it can make people think that their backs must not have enough damage to seek treatment since their levels of pain are lower. However, this can result in further damage.
Myth #3: My Lower Back Pain Will Get Worse As I Get Older
Back pain actually occurs at the highest rate for people between the ages of 35 and 55. While spinal disc degeneration does happen naturally during the aging process, it does not always cause pain and after people turn 55, back pain tends to decrease. However, back pain does not need to be a part of growing older. If you’re suffering with pain, there are non-surgical back pain treatments that can help you get relief.
Myth #4: The Best Treatment for Lower Back Pain is Rest
Bed rest can definitely help you recover from lower back pain related to minor injuries as it can reduce pressure and stop stress to the spine while it is healing.
In most cases, however, bed rest for longer than 1-2 days can actually slow the healing process, increase lower back pain, and cause other problems such as:
- Muscle atrophy – a weakening of your muscles that can cause further injury to your back
- Blood clot risk – any prolonged period of inactivity can increase the risk of developing life threatening blood clot
- Cardiopulmonary deconditioning – a reduction in cardiovascular function that reduces stamina and has negative circulatory and breathing impacts
- Loss of income – most people who are on bed rest are unable to do their jobs and lose income that can create a financial burden for them
If your back pain is severe or persists after 1-2 days of bed rest, you should seek a professional evaluation as soon as possible to determine the best course of treatment.
Myth #5: I Need an MRI to Diagnose My Lower Back Pain
In many cases, health professionals can successfully treat lower back pain without an MRI based on obtaining a thorough medical history and performing a physical exam. Only certain symptoms indicate that an MRI or other diagnostic test might be necessary in a small percentage of cases.
Myth #6: Back Surgery Is My Only Treatment Option for Lower Back Pain
There are many treatments for lower back pain beyond invasive spinal surgery.Other non-invasive treatment options are available, such as spinal decompression therapy, with lower risks associated.
Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL offers spinal decompression treatment options utilizing the DRS Protocol and can help you get relief from your chronic back pain condition without surgery or addictive medications. Contact us today for a comprehensive lower back pain evaluation.[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]