There's a whole bunch of myths out there surrounding Lower Back Pain. Here are the top myths that I try to bust on a daily basis. Each myth is busted by an evidence-based truth.
❌Lower Back Pain is only caused by injury or damage.
✔️Lower Back Pain can occur gradually and the severity of pain very rarely matches the extent of any structural damage.
❌Lower Back Pain does not relate to genetics.
✔️Disc height, hydration and degenerative changes can be related to your genetics.
❌Finding no structural cause means that the pain is psychological.
✔️Lower Back Pain can occur from various tissues many of which do not need to be damaged to initiate a pain experience.
❌Discs can't heal without surgery or medical intervention.
✔️Disc bulges, protrusions and prolapses can heal spontaneously without the need for intervention. Rehab and treatment can manage the associated pain.
❌Sciatic pain only comes from spinal damage.
✔️The sciatic nerve can become sensitised in various ways without nerve damage. Sciatic symptoms can also reduce without intervention.
❌Environmental factors can not influence Lower Back Pain.
✔️Surroundings can influence Lower Back Pain experience. This includes people, living environment, lifestyle, occupation, diet, exercise, and much more.
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