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Back Pain Myths Get Busted!

By Sara Butler

The chance you will experience back pain at some point in your life is pretty high. According to the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point over the course of their lives. As one of the most common conditions in the United States, there’s a lot of information available about it, but what information is correct and what isn’t? Here are a few of the biggest myths surrounding back pain that every chiropractic patient needs to know!

Myth No. 1: Back Pain Can Lead to Paralysis

Your spinal cord actually ends in the very first lumbar vertebra, which is in the upper part of the lower back. Below that there are only nerve roots, incredibly tough structures that can cause pain if you have something wrong, such as a herniated disc pressing on one, but won’t lead to losing use of your legs. The very rare instances where paralysis is a risk include:

  • Unstable spine fractures
  • Spine tumors
  • Spinal infections

If you have low back pain, you most likely don’t need to even worry about paralysis – but you do need to have your chiropractor treat you!

Myth No. 2: Physically Active People Don’t Experience Back Pain

It is true that people who have strong and well-conditioned bodies tend to have less back pain, but just being in good shape doesn’t mean you won’t experience it. Back pain can happen to anyone, of any activity level, at any time. In fact, participating in some sports actually raises your chances of experiencing back pain, such as volleyball and golf.

Myth No. 3: The Spine is Delicate

Your spine is actually really tough! The muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding it are also incredibly well-designed and assist your spine in being incredibly flexible, supportive and strong. Of course, you have to do all you can to encourage that strength, which is why chiropractic care is so important. Chiropractic helps your spine to maintain its strength and flexibility.

Myth No. 4: Your Mom or Dad has Back Problems, So You Will Too

Most conditions impacting your back and neck have no genetic factor, so your parents can’t pass their back problems on to you like they can your eye or hair color. What parents can pass down is good habits that encourage the health of the spine, such as good posture and regular chiropractic care.

If you ever have questions about your back pain, don't be afraid to ask your chiropractor at The Joint. They've been asked everything you can possibly imagine, so never think your question isn't good enough!

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