Myths about Back Pain
By Sara Butler
Back pain is something many people will experience. According to the American Chiropractic Association, you have an 80 percent chance of experiencing low back pain at some point in your life. So, it’s time to listen up and find out the truth behind the myths that surround back pain. Here are a few of the most prevalent myths and what your chiropractor wants you to know about them.
Myth No. 1: Experiencing Back Pain is a Part of the Aging Process
You definitely notice changes to your body as you age – that is just a part of the aging process. Pain, however, is not. As you grow older, it is true that you become more susceptible to injury and illness, but it’s never a normal state of being to be in pain. If you are, then you need to take steps to address it. Seeing your chiropractor regularly is a great way to be proactive about your health, including the health of your back. When your back is in proper alignment then you will be less susceptible to injury and you may even find that your overall health is better too!
Myth No. 2: You’re Active, So You Shouldn’t Worry About Back Pain
Staying healthy and physically fit is always important, especially as you grow older, but it’s not a guarantee that you won’t experience back pain. You have to stay active and make sure you eat a healthy diet, see your chiropractor regularly, and implement proper ergonomics when you’re at work, home or when you lift something. Proper posture is also really important.
Myth No. 3: Your Back Does Hurt Too Bad, so the Injury Probably isn’t a Big Deal
It’s human to want to downplay problems in your life – it’s that “head in the sand” mentality that everyone falls victim to every now and then. The problem is when it comes to your back, pain isn’t a great indicator of how serious the problem is. Sometimes you can injure yourself but may not experience pain for weeks or even months afterward. In fact, by the time the pain shows up, your problem may have been brewing for a quite a while. So, no matter what kind of discomfort or pain you’re in, have it checked out by your chiropractor as soon as you can.
If you ever have questions about the health of your back or back pain you may be experiencing, don’t forget you can always ask your chiropractor at The Joint!