At the Colorado Spine Institute (CSI) in Loveland, we’ve treated many patients who were suffering from chronic back pain. The causes of their pain varied from overexertion to a specific spinal condition, and the treatment required to relieve their discomfort also varied. Our goal is to help every patient find the relief they need so they can return to their life and do the things they want to do. In this post, we’ll look at some back pain myths and why you shouldn’t believe them.
1. My Back Pain is Genetic
While there are some conditions that can be passed down through genetics, most that cause chronic back pain are not. If your mother or father had a spinal condition that left them in pain for most of their life, it doesn’t mean you’ll inherit the same problems. However, it’s important to be aware of lifestyle choices and behaviors that you pick up from your parents that can translate into problems, such as dietary choices and activity levels.
2. If I Rest, My Pain Will Go Away
With some back conditions, rest can be the best medicine. If you’ve suffered a compression fracture or had surgery to repair a herniated or bulging disc, you may need to take some time off of work and let your body recover. Short-term rest can help with pain, but if you stay immobile for too long, you could risk muscle atrophy and increased back stiffness, which can mean your pain now emanates from a different location. Exercise and movement could be what your spine needs to become more flexible.
3. I Exercise, So I Should Be Able to Avoid Pain
Regular exercise can make your body more flexible and understanding how your body moves can help you avoid injury, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be susceptible to back pain. Repetitive motion and overexertion can lead to back problems, and any sport that involves the rotation of the hips or torso can cause pain. Proper conditioning can help a person avoid chronic pain, but it doesn’t mean they’re immune from discomfort.
4. Chronic Pain Means I’m at Risk for Paralysis
Back pain should always be taken seriously, but worrying about paralysis can put undue stress on a person and perhaps make their condition worse. Severe pain can be debilitating, but the chances that it will lead to paralysis or permanent limited mobility are usually very low. Our staff will help you understand the reasons behind your back pain and what treatment will be best for relieving it.
If you’re dealing with back pain on a daily basis, or you’ve heard some horror stories from friends or family who have lived with chronic pain, find peace of mind at CSI. We’ll do whatever we can to find the source of your pain, and then recommend the best course of treatment. We know that you’re concerned about your quality of life and finding relief for your pain, and when you schedule an appointment with us, you can rest assured that you’re in caring and capable hands.