There are six dangerous myths about back pain floating around, starting with…
Myth #1: You “Throw Out” Your Back – Physical activity can trigger a pain episode, but by itself, it isn’t the underlying cause. If your back is in a compromised state something as simple as picking up a pencil, or sneezing can be the “straw that broke the camel’s back”. You can’t “throw out” your back unless it is in a compromised state in the first place.
Myth #2: Back Pain Means There’s Something Wrong with the Back – Other factores can cause severe back pain episodes even when nothing is physically wrong with your spine, discs, joints, muscles, or ligaments. These factors can also exacerbate physically issues, making existing back pain worse.
Myth #3: My Current Back Pain Isn’t Related to Previous Bouts – Maybe one day your back hurts because your sat down too long. Or another day it is achy from too many hours in the garden. Whatever the case, multiple back pain episodes are usually caused by the same underlying problem—even if the apparent trigger for different episodes appears to vary.
Myth #4: Being Overweight Is a Major Cause of Back Pain – You spine is strong enough to support the weight of the body, whether you carry around extra pounds or not. It can make an existing back problem worse…but isn’t always the sole cause.
Myth #5: People Who Are Not Active Are More Likely to Have Back Pain – Active people put themselves at higher risk of back pain because they place greater strain on their muscles and exert themselves more often. Back pain isn’t caused by weakness.
Myth #6: The Best Thing for Back Pain Is Bed Rest – While severe back pain may constitute a need for limited mobility and bed rest, in the long run, prolonged bed rest can actually cause more pain and problems.
True Causes of Chronic Back Pain
Depending on the type of chronic back pain you are suffering from, the causes can vary. Some of the causes are easy to pinpoint, while others can be a consequence of an action that you aren’t even aware of.
Lower, upper, or just general back pain can be a result of pulled muscles, disc problems (herniated, bulging discs), arthritic conditions, or joint dysfunction. In addition, trigger points, pinched nerves, spinal compression or torsion can be common causes, although not always understood by many. Still other causes can lie in stress and negative emotions as covered previously. Trauma (injury) and muscle imbalances are the most common causes of lower back pain.
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