Back Pain is the most common problem that people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s come to see me in clinic with. As anyone who has suffered with back pain knows, it can be a real pain when it gets bad as it can restrict you from doing, well almost everything.
But there are a lot of myths and beliefs surrounding back pain from down through the years, that have been proved to be not so true and a better approach to treating back pain has now been adopted (by some).
Phrases such as ‘discs slipping in and out’ and ‘scaro-iliac joints popping out of place’ do not paint an accurate picture of what happens with back pain and can lead to a lot of fear, worry and avoiding movement, which is not ideal.
There are so many other factors that are associated with back pain and it may surprise you that damage to the area is not the biggest one. So, there is plenty that can be done to help you be more mobile and active, even if you have had back pain for years.
But what I want to do in this article is to go through some of the big mistakes that people make that can not help and only prolong their back pain, meaning they have to wait longer and miss out on doing the things they need and love to do.
5 Mistakes That People Make When It Comes To Solving Back Pain
1 – Waiting, resting and thinking time is going to solve your back problem. Sure enough, time can often ease pain, and this is often a good strategy when you are younger. But as you get older and your body have been through more, time does often not provide the answer. If your back pain has lasted for longer than 9 days, then there is a good chance that it will continue to give trouble, unless the root cause of the problem is addressed.
2 – Rely on painkillers to solve the problem. Sure, painkillers can often ease the pain, but normally that pain is there for a reason and will come back as soon as the pain killers wear off. This is because painkillers just treat the pain you feel but not the reason behind the pain. They are also not a good solution long-term and your kidneys and stomach will not thank you for it.
3 – Hope that an MRI will be the answer. MRI machines are great machines but when it comes to back pain, they often do not give the answer to the pain. They will in fact tell you everything, from disc degeneration to facet wear and tear but often these are very normal signs of aging and are not the true source of the pain.
4 – Assume that nothing can be done to help. What if your back problem could even be helped by 40%? How much would that help you in your everyday life. Would it allow you to be more active and do more, which would have huge benefits for your back and overall health. I’m a big believer in that there is always something that can be done to help
5 – Think that you have a weak back or core and you need to strengthen it. What if your back was actually doing too much work for you and it was your hip or leg muscles that needed strengthening instead? Strengthening your back or core may in fact add to the problem. This is where an individual assessment will pick up on this as everybody will have different symptoms and no two back problems will be the same.
If any of these ring a bell with you,
then I have a special back pain advice and tips report that may be answer to some of the back pain problems you are having.
You can download it straight to your email for free by clicking here or on the image below.
In it you will find 6 steps that I take people through in my clinic that has helped many people successfully get over their back pain and back to living the life that they want to live.
Click below to download or call the clinic on 09064 66761 to request one and we will send one out in the post to you for free.