Lower back pain remains misunderstood and generally mismanaged. It is a source of suffering for many people worldwide and is still one the leading causes of absence from work. Although lower back pain is common, it is rarely dangerous. This weeks article will debunk some of the myths surrounding the management of lower back pain.
Don’t look for the quick fix
There is a wealth of content on the internet claiming to be the magic fix for back pain. Whether it’s a lotion, device, brace, pill or chiropractic adjustment, it’s unlikely to be the answer. Remember that the majority of these interventions are unsupported by science. It often tricks people into thinking they don’t have to be patient or put any effort into their rehabilitation.
Don’t rush into intervention
This may sound counterintuitive coming from a physiotherapist. However, despite how severe your back pain feels initially, it’ll generally settle down to a more tolerable level after a few days.
In the acute phase of a lower back injury, there is very little any healthcare professional can offer except pain relieving medication and advice. Rushing into consultations, treatments and scans is often expensive and rarely improves outcomes. Physiotherapy becomes essential once you’re past the acute phase.
Don’t be afraid be afraid of your diagnosis
Once assessed by a Physiotherapist or scanned via MRI or X-ray, do not fixate on your diagnosis. Bulging, Herniated or Ruptured discs sound incredible scary. They promote an image of instability within the spine. Truth be told, The National Institute of Health has shown that 22 to 51 percent of people with MRI findings of a bulging or herniated disc don’t have any symptoms. Your diagnosis is not always the cause of your pain or limitations.
Don’t stop moving
Exercise is the only scientifically approach that can prevent recurrence of low back pain. So whilst operations, injections, medication, massage, manipulation, electrotherapy or acupuncture may help with symptoms in the short term, those that stick to both general and therapeutic exercise, do the best overall.
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