Almost all of us will suffer some form of back pain at some point in our lives.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) have published a series of ‘Myth Busters’ to help people understand back pain which I would like to share with you.
Myth 1, ‘Moving will make my back pain worse’. The CSP advises, ‘people fear twisting and bending but it is essential to keep moving. Gradually increase how much you are doing, and stay on the go.’
Myth 2, ‘I should avoid exercise, especially weight training’. The CSP advises, ‘back pain shouldn’t stop you enjoying exercise or regular activities. In fact, studies found that continuing with these can help you get better sooner – including using weights where appropriate’.
Myth 3, ‘A scan will show me exactly what is wrong’. The CSP advises, ‘sometimes it will but most often it won’t. Also, people without back pain have changes to their spine so scans can cause fear that influences behaviour, making the problem worse.’
Myth 4, ‘Pain equals damage’. The CSP advises, ‘this was the established view but more recent research has changed our thinking. Modern physio takes a holistic approach that helps people understand why they are in pain’.
I hope that helps to dispel some myths to help deal with back pain. For any sports player, if you have back pain it is advisable to seek advice form your GP or physio to help you avoid further injury and get back to full fitness.