Just last week, a 47 year old new patient of ours asked if I thought she would ever live another day without back pain.
She had been told that the only way she would ever find pain relief is through a lifetime subscription to painkillers.
There's a lot of confusion out there in the back pain industry that leads many of the 62 million US adults living with the condition to feel this way. I've got good news, though...
We're finding that much of what has been promoted in the past by the back pain industry is not true.
In an effort to educate you on a few of the most common myths about back pain, I've taken the time to summarize a few below.
Myth #1: Painkillers, injections, and surgery are your only options.
That’s simply not the case – there is a growing body of evidence that suggests the most effective form of back pain relief comes from movement and exercise. Opioids, injections, and spinal fusion surgery have been shown to offer no benefit over alternative treatment methods and pose much greater risks.
Myth #2: Back pain is caused by damage in the back.
Research has indicated that there is very little correlation between damage in the back and the pain the individual experiences. Often times, a diagnoses like ‘degenerative disc disease’, ‘bulging disc’ or ‘herniated disc’ can make you feel like the world is ending and your body is going to fall apart. The truth is these disc conditions are a very natural part of the aging process and in most cases, there is no reason for worry. Many people with the conditions experience no pain at all. Often times, we find back pain has much more to do with strength or mobility issues in the legs and core, rather than damage in the spine itself.
Myth #3: "I’ll never be able to be as active as I used to be."
This one is a myth that we tell ourselves. Back pain is not a life sentence of reduced activity levels and spending more time on the couch. Whether it’s running, working out, playing golf, or chasing after your kids, the right treatment plan can help you find a lasting solution to your back pain. In most cases, you will be able to get back to your favorite activities within a few short weeks.
Bonus Myth: An MRI is always needed if you are experiencing back pain.
MRIs are only necessary in preparation for surgery or if you are going to get an epidural steroid injection in the back. In the case that an MRI is needed for an injection, refer back to Myth #1 - injections are rarely an effective long term solution for back pain treatment. So, if the doctor plans to send you in for an MRI, make sure you have a good understanding of how the MRI will benefit your treatment.
Hopefully, this information has provided you with a little more confidence about what you're up against if you are experiencing back pain. As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The big takeaway I want you to get? You CAN and WILL overcome back pain with the right treatment plan. When you overcome back pain, you can get back to the unrestricted, active lifestyle that you've always loved.
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About the Author
Evan Lewis is a nationwide leader in Neuro Therapy and founded the Baltimore areas only specialist Neuro Therapy clinic for people who want to stay active into their 40s, 50s, and beyond.
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