For a problem as common as back pain, it’s surprising how many misconceptions there are about it. False information about back pain can lead to poor decisions and management by those who suffer from it.
The spine specialists at Orthopaedic Specialty Group are here to clear the air by busting some of the most common back pain myths…
Myth #1: My parents had back pain, so I will too.
Fact: Most causes of back pain are not hereditary, meaning your parent’s experiences or conditions likely have no bearing on your genetic predisposition.
Myth #2: I am young and suffer from back pain. It will only get worse from here.
Fact: While degeneration of spinal discs and cartilage are a natural part of the aging process, they are not always accompanied by pain. In fact, according to Spine Health, back pain is most prevalent in individuals ages 35-55.
Myth #3: Heat is the most effective form of self-therapy.
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, heat can make certain injuries significantly worse by widening the blood vessels and improving circulation to the inflamed area. Use ice on any back injury within the first 72 hours, then alternate between heat and ice for 20 minutes each.
Myth #4: I have to stay in bed and rest all day.
Fact: Back pain makes it hurt to move, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Bed rest may be beneficial for the first couple of days, but anything longer than that is detrimental to long-term recovery.
Myth #5: Back pain probably won’t happen to me.
Fact: Eight out of every ten Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. The odds aren’t in your favor, but it is possible to prevent back pain. See our Orthopedist’s Guide to Healthy Joints for more information.
If you suffer from back pain, schedule an appointment with one of the qualified physicians at Orthopaedic Specialty Group. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, our team of spine specialists offer a variety of comprehensive, individualized treatment plans. If you live in Fairfield County, call us to schedule an appointment at (203) 337-2600.