Back pain is more complicated than you think. There are many forms of back pain and thus diagnosing a problem can be difficult, especially if the condition involves a wide number of treatment options with various risks and benefits. In addition, many myths and misconceptions still persist in society that makes it far more difficult to diagnose common problems. The following are some common misconceptions and myths surrounding back pain:
Myth #1: Back Pain Is a Part of Life
Many people assume pain is a part of life and should be tolerated instead of treated. Severe, persistent back pain and neck pain is devastating and should be treated at the earliest, especially if pain is negatively affecting your ability to carry out daily tasks and activities. Without professional help and proper treatment, the pain will only get worse.
In addition, untreated pain may also interfere with the body’s immune system, resulting in undesirable effects. Chronic back pain and discomfort can hinder one’s ability to exercise, preventing you from living a healthy life. This may increase the risk of psychological distress, causing depression, sleeplessness, and stress.
Myth #2: A Hot Bath May Reduce Inflammation and Thus Relieve Back Pain
Contrary to popular belief, simply getting in a hot bath will not cure backache. It may sound soothing but in reality, getting into a hot bath when your back muscles are inflamed can result in disastrous consequences by increasing the inflammatory response to an acute injury. Patients should instead apply ice to the affected area for better results, however not directly on the skin during the first 48 to 72 hours after an injury.
Myth #3: Getting a Massage Is the Perfect Way to Seek Relief from Back Pain
While a massage might help de-stress and comfort the person, in other cases, it may make matters worse if the cause of the back pain is unknown. For example, if a person experiencing back pain because of a muscle spasm in an unstable region opts for a massage without seeking professional help or assessing the source of the pain, it may cause more instability and inhibit the body’s way of protecting itself. On the other hand, common lower back pain due to stiffness of the joints and muscles may benefit from a massage. It is thus imperative you seek help from a doctor to identify the cause of your pain.
Myth #4: Back Pain Occurs Without Any Prior Warning
A sudden case of back pain may seemingly occur from time to time out of the blue but often, back pain is a result of added weight gain, poor lifting mechanics and incorrect posture. The overall effect of all these reasons may result in an acute back pain episode, often triggered by even the slightest of movements. It is thus imperative you visit the doctor or seek help from a physical therapist if you experience regular backache.
So, now that you know about the myths surrounding back pain, hopefully you will be able to get the correct treatment and on time. You should contact your Physical Therapist at THE pt GROUP to discuss your specific back pain issues and treatment options.