With back pain being so prominent in America, it is unfortunate when individuals who are suffering receive bad information. And believe me, there’s plenty of it out there. Here are 5myths and the facts behind each of them.
Myth number 1. Exercise is not good for back pain. This is a ridiculous assertion. Individuals with back pain can benefit tremendously from exercise, especially aerobic exercise that helps to bring in more blood flow and attrition to the damaged area such as the intervertebral disc. Harsh weight-bearing exercise such as jogging should probably be avoided with patient switching over to swimming or cycling.
Myth number 2. Overweight individuals have more back pain. This is absolutely true. Multiple studies have shown those who are overweight or obese have a much higher incidence of back pain or any chronic pain for that matter. In a large study at of Stony Brook University of over 1 million patients, patients who are obese had more than 150% likelihood of having painful problems. Just losing weight may decrease your narcotic requirements at an Orlando pain clinic or Tampa pain management center.
Myth number 3. Bed rest is good for back pain. This is a common myth that has been shown to be false. Studies looking at individuals with back pain who spend time in bed show that those patients end up recovering worse than if the patient is able to get up out of bed sooner rather than later. People should not spend more than one day in bed with back pain, anything more will cause the pain to last longer.
Myth number 4 a firm mattress is best. This is sort of a myth, and may work in some individuals but not others. A recent Spanish study showed that nonspecific low back pain on a medium firmness mattress was actually better at reducing pain than those who were on a firm mattress. The nuance here is that different people may need different mattresses and there’s not one standard that is best for everyone.
Myth number 5. Pain is always caused by injury. This is a definite myth. Most low back pain from conditions such as degenerative disc disease and even genetics can cause back pain that had no associated injury. This is most common when patients tell their doctor they don’t know exactly what they did to have the pain flareup.
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