Myths about back pain

There are many myths about back pain.  As an Edinburgh osteopath for nearly 30 years I’ve heard loads.  But below are perhaps the most common.

Myths about back pain – one

The worse the pain, the longer it takes to get better

Some people can be in agony (due to muscle spasm) in the morning and be virtually pain-free by bedtime.  Interestingly, the more fearful you are, the more pain you tend to feel.

Myths about back pain – two

Once a bad back, always a bad back

Not when you learn how to avoid/overcome back pain and book to see a professional Osteopath 🙂  Book online here to see one of our osteopaths specialising in lower back pain and sciatica.  You can also consult online via Skype.  Remember your back can heal itself.  So long as you avoid things that make it worse.  And follow good rehabilitation principles, you can recover fully and reduce the risk of recurrence.

Number Three

Slipped discs can be popped back in.

Not the case, because they do not ‘slip’ – they bulge or rupture – some of the annular fibres tear and the pressure inside pushes the remains of the disc out; a bit like the inner tube of a tyre pushing out through a tear in the outer tyre, distorting the shape.  Here’s more on how discs go wrong and on treatment for prolapsed discs.

Number Four

No pain no gain

Rubbish – often pain is a sign that you are making things worse! If that happens it really is time to consult an expert.  Remember our Principle Number 1, that pain is a warning system.

I hope this article on myths about back pain has been helpful.  If you are suffering from back pain call me no 0131 221 1415 and let’s talk about how to help you overcome it.  OR you can book an appointment online to see an osteopath.