With over 80% of the US population complaining of back pain, you might consider back pain to be normal. However, just because it is common does not make it normal. This one misconception stops most people from taking the proper steps to correct their back pain so that it won't recur. Here are 4 more common misconceptions about back pain that keep people from seeking help:
1. As You Age, You'll Experience Back Pain
Most people just assume that aches and pains are a part of aging. Stiff knees, hip pain, and back pain are specifically associated with aging. Don't get me wrong, as you get older you will be more susceptible to certain illnesses or diseases that can lead to these types of aches and pains. However, there are steps, like chiropractic care, you can take now to actively diminish your pain and keep your spine in tip top shape.
2. Keeping Active Will Protect You From Back Pain
Staying active will help keep you healthy. And we all know how important it is to have a strong core to protect your spine. However, activity levels do not guarantee a pain-free existence. Some of these activities, while good for you, are likely to strain your back. In addition to staying active, consider proper nutrition and practicing good posture in addition to receiving regular chiropractic care.
3. If the pain is tolerable the injury is mild
Pain is your body's way of telling you that something isn't right. The amount of pain is not in any way an indication of the severity of the issue. Sometimes pain can take days, weeks, or even months to make itself known after an injury. If you're experiencing pain, no matter how mild, get it checked out.
4. Severe Back Pain Can Only Be Addressed with Surgery
Because back pain is a common complaint, back surgery is a comment solution to the problem. However, most people wait until their back pain is intolerable to seek help, which is why surgery is even recommended. Chiropractic can help get to the root of the cause while alleviating pain without the use of drugs or surgery.
If you’ve been experiencing back pain, consider giving our practice a call to schedule an appointment. Back pain may be common, but it’s definitely not normal.