15 Common Myths of Back Pain : Problems | Causes | Treatments

The Common Myths of Back Pain :
Problems | Causes | Treatments

The correct treatment of back problems is not only important, but also requires a well-rounded education. In order to ensure the success of proper treatment, we will focus on the common misconceptions about back problems.

#1  The Myths and Reality of Back Pain and Back Problems

Myth: Physical back pain may lead to partial or total paralysis.

Truth:  In order for paralysis to happen, sensitive nerves at the bottom of the spine like the spinal cord or cauda equina must be adversely affected to the point that the nerve transmissions of sensation and movement become less or stopped entirely. This type of paralysis is relatively rare.

Myth: Back pain is always the result of a physical injury.

Truth:  Any change in back pain after an accident, such as a sports injury or a fall, should be evaluated.

Myth: Anyone with severe back pain should get checked out by a doctor.

Truth:  Some patients may experience an immense amount of pain for an otherwise mundane muscle pull, while others with a herniated disc near a spinal nerve may not feel anything at all.

Myth: Back pain has nothing to do with your genetics.

Truth: Evidence shows that people with a specific type of back condition, such as injuries to their muscles and bones, might be genetically inclined to such problems. The only way we can detect these changes is through the following:

  • Depletion of the hydration level of discs
  • Change in disc height
  • The presence of a projection of bone on vertebrae or a spinal facet joint.

When someone inherits these conditions, it is often labeled as lumbar degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis of the spine.

Myth: When there is no apparent problem with the back, it must be psychological.

Truth: With back pain, there is usually no single diagnostic test, and doctors usually have to rely on combinations of medical imaging and clinical diagnostic tests to come up with a specific lower back problem.  Persistent or concerning back pain often calls for a qualified spine specialist to be consulted, in order to rule out serious problems.

#2  Myths about Causes of Back Pain and Back Problems

Learning the truth behind the myths from a trusted source is important for treating back problems in a medically accurate way and preventing further damage to the tissues.

If you want to understand the myths, speak to a trustworthy person first to prevent further damage to the tissue.

Myth: pregnancy Complains of Lower Back Pain

Truth: Tumor pregnancy can cause back pain to occur in the later stages of pregnancy, during the second or third trimester.

Myth: Gas Is Associated With Back Pain

Truth: Sometimes there is some mild to moderate discomfort in the upper body and that can include, but not be limited to, back pain. A backache usually only refers to pain that is created by bloating and gas if the back pain happens in the same area as the discomfort in the upper body.

Myth: Sitting causes chronic back pain.

Truth: In order to sit comfortably, one should find an ergonomically supportive posture, this prevents stress on joints and causes the person to not experience pain.

Myth: The Causes of Back Pain Have Nothing to Do with Constipation

Truth: Irritable bowel syndrome can, in some cases, lead to irritation of the nerves in the pelvic area, which may also cause back pain.

Myth: Stress does not affect back pain, in general.

Truth: Stress can lead to both depression and anxiety, which are thought to be the most common anxiety-related disorders associated with lower back pain.

Myth: You Can Still Get Back Pain Even If You Have Healthy Kidneys

Truth: If there are certain kidney-related issues that result in intense back pain, you might be the type of person who would need to visit the emergency room. 

#3 Myths about Treatment for Back Pain and Back Problems

Some myths about the various treatments for back pain. Here are the accurate facts that combat those myths.

Myth: Back pain gets worse after a chiropractic adjustment.

Truth: The effectiveness of a chiropractic treatment will depend on the education, license, and experience of the doctor, and on the appropriate diagnosis. With manual techniques such as chiropractic therapy, your chiropractor can help you to achieve the following goals:

  • Help to minimize pain
  • Improve the health of soft tissues
  • Release the pressure and tension within joints
  • Rehabilitate joint movements

Myth: Massage Worsens Back Pain.

Truth: One treatment option for lower back pain is therapeutic massage.  When treating back pain, massage can offer relief in the following ways:

Helping you to be more at ease both physically and mentally

Essentially, exercise leads to an increase in the levels of natural pain-fighting hormones, the endorphins.

Myth: It’s difficult for a herniated disc to heal without surgery.

Truth: A herniated disc can result in significant pain in the back if it doesn’t stay within the spine, which would cause nerve discomfort. 

For most people, the pain resolves itself without lasting issues. Studies have found that over 85% of patients with acute herniated discs have resolution of symptoms within 8 to 12 weeks. 

To combat symptoms not resolved by surgery, doctors might also offer physical therapy, manipulation, medication, and injection treatments. 

Other pain treatments that are effective in treating neck disc herniation are used to control pain, reduce pain, and even eliminate pain altogether. 

Myth: The pain is never-ending and always gets worse.

Truth: Back pain occurs for almost everyone at some point in their lifetime, and for most people, it goes away in a few months. 

For those who have had a chronic backache that’s lasted 3 months or longer, this condition may happen again with occasional intervals of relief. 

When a person experiences pain, medications may help treat the back injury. Changes in their lifestyle can help provide relief. 

Occasionally, one can have recurrences or flare-ups over time. Treatments, however, can help one avoid or reduce their frequency, as well as reduce their severity and/or one’s pain.

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