With as many as 80 percent of Americans expected to experience a back problem at some point in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is a fairly common condition. However, despite how often we encounter this issue, there is still so much that is misunderstood about it. So you're better informed, here are three major back pain myths, debunked.
1. I won't experience any back pain if I exercise
While it's true that following a regular fitness regimen can help you strengthen your core muscles and reduce your chances of back pain, it doesn't mean you'll never experience it in your life. In fact, if you aren't careful while you exercise, your choice in activity could cause an injury that results in back pain. It's always wise to treat it as a possibility and act accordingly.
2. Rest is the best for pain
Bed rest isn't just unhelpful – it could be detrimental to your recovery. According to Spine-Health, bed rest lasting longer than one or two days can lead to increased pain, muscle atrophy, higher risk of blood clots and cardiopulmonary deconditioning. Instead, reduce certain activities to avoid anything that might cause or worsen pain, but make sure you keep moving.
3. Chronic pain requires surgery
The idea that long-term back pain requires surgery is essentially always false, as Dr. Jeremy Smith, a spine surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialty Institute Medical Group of Orange County, California. told Next Avenue.
"The overwhelming majority of patients that have an episode never require surgery," he said. "Most back problems are treated with nonoperative measures."
In fact, there are plenty of non-invasive methods that address chronic or long-term back pain that could work for you. If you're experiencing back pain and looking for treatment options, schedule an appointment with a professional chiropractor today.