Back Pain – Mythbuster

We are busting myths and reinforcing what the latest evidence says is best for your back.

Myth 1: Moving will make my back pain worse

Fact: Don’t fear twisting and bending, it’s essential to keep moving. Gradually increase how much you are doing, and stay on the go

Myth 2: I should avoid exercise, especially weight training

Fact: Back pain shouldn’t stop you enjoying exercise or regular activities. In fact, studies found that continuing with these can help you get better sooner, including using weights where appropriate.

Myth 3: A scan will show me exactly what is wrong

Fact: Sometimes it will, but most often it won’t. Also, even people without back pain have changes in their spine so scans can cause fear that influences behaviour, making the problem worse.

Myth 4: Pain equals damage

Fact: This was the established view but more recent research has changed our thinking. Modern physiotherapy takes a holistic approach that helps people understand why they are in pain.

We have to fight the fear and move more!!!

Problem is these myths create fear, which causes people to stop doing many of the activities they need to do to address the problem. So let’s bust those myths and reinforce what the latest evidence says is best for your back.

Physiotherapists are the experts in treating and preventing back pain.

Reference, 2016

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