Almost everyone will experience back pain at some point or another, but that doesn’t mean that it is well understood. Some people will only experience back pain briefly following overuse or trauma while others have back pain as a constant companion. Regardless of the reason, there are some common myths regarding this type of discomfort that need to be debunked.
It Is Normal As We Age
Some people mistakenly believe that back pain is normal as we age. While it is true that you may be more likely to notice discomfort in your back as you get older, that doesn’t make it normal. If you believe it is normal, you may not seek treatment or take preventative measures. Even as you get older, you don’t have to live with back pain.
It Isn’t That Bad
You may think that your back pain isn’t “that bad” or that you can just live with it, but this is another myth. Yes, someone may have worse back pain than you do, but that doesn’t make yours any better. Constant discomfort may indicate a serious or minor issue with your spine health or overall well-being. Anytime that your back pain interferes with your daily life you should get help from a chiropractor or other professional.
Surgery Is The Only Option
It is true that surgery is sometimes the answer for back pain, but it is a myth that this is the only solution. Pain in the back can be caused by a large number of things and each of these may require a different type of treatment. In many cases, you won’t even need surgery to treat your back pain as things like lifestyle changes, chiropractic care, physical therapy, or medications can provide relief.
Active, Healthy People Don’t Need To Worry
One of the biggest myths concerning back pain is that those who are physically active and overall healthy won’t ever develop it. While your chances of experiencing back pain are significantly lower if you are active instead of sedentary, you can still get it. Certain sports may actually increase the risk of back pain, such as gymnastics, golf, and volleyball.
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