After writing the post on lower back pain, Bradley Scanes is joining us on the blog again this week to bust some common back pain myths. Be sure to check out Bradley’s first post!
Myth 1: Moving will make my back pain worse
Although is is true that some movements can be uncomfortable when you have back pain, it is well established that returning to movement and work as soon as you are able, is better for recovery and preventing recurrence than bed rest.
Myth 2: I should avoid exercising, especially weight training
Exercises is accepted amongst all respected authorities to be the best treatment for low back pain in both acute and chronic phases. All exercise has been shown to be helpful with interestingly no one type of exercise found to be better or worse, so simple do what you enjoy and can manage. It is important to start slow, increase as pain allows and build up your tolerance and confidence.
Myth 3: A scan will tell me exactly what’s wrong
We have lots of research which tells us that result of scans correlate poorly with symptoms in people with low back pain. And, people with no pain have the same changes on scans and x-rays anyway. For these reasons, imaging alone cannot tell us exactly why someone is experiencing pain. Interestingly, there is evidence that suggests having a scan can actually make situations worse.
Myth 4: Pain equals damage
The level of pain experienced is very rarely proportional to the amount of injury sustained to the back. Pain is far more complex than this, and is affected by so many different factors such as past experiences, general health, beliefs, sleep and exercise levels as well and psychological wellbeing. Pain is a refection of how threatened each human perceives itself to be.
For the evidence visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website here:
And thanks to the Physio Matters team for putting these together.