Tell me doctor: false myths and half-truths about back pain.
There are so many wrong attitudes and beliefs when talking about back pain !! To know them is a first step toward avoiding it.
It is not true that pain indicates an increase in damage to your back and therefore you should avoid, for example, any movement or move only with great caution.
It is not true that a herniated disc must be operated.
It is not true that a herniated disc operation solves the pain and the cause.
It is not true that from an X-Ray we will see the cause of pain.
It is not true that the bone anomalies found through MRI or X-rays such as: osteoporosis, rupture of the fibrous annulus, degeneration of the disks, arthritis, scoliosis, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, congenital anomalies, etc. are the cause of back pain.
It is not true that spinal stenosis is the most common cause of back pain among people over 65 years of age and that visual evidence of spinal stenosis on MRI or CAT scans is consistent with pain and symptoms in patients.
It is not true that the degeneration of the discs causes back pain.
It is not true that when your back hurts the cause is from lifting, pushing to hard or trauma.
It is not true that back pain does not allow a normal life and puts us out of action.
It is not true that when we have back pain we should do x-rays or a MRI of the vertebral column.
It is not true that where there is pain is also where the cause of the back or neck pain is.
It is not true that the disk has swollen because you do heavy work.
It is not true that the swelling or “bulging” of the disc is the cause of your backache.
It is not true that when you have back pain you should not go to work.
It is not true that back pain causes permanent disability.
It’s not true that I have to change jobs because of my backache.
It is not true that having back pain means that you have underlying damage to your back.
It is not true that the cause of back pain can be treated with medication.
It is not true that food does not matter when you have back pain and cannot cause pain.
It is not true that drinking an insufficient amount of water is not related to back pain or headaches.
It is not true that emotional stress, unhappiness, bitterness etc. are not factors to consider when you have back pain.
It is not true that pain increases with physical activity or work.
It is not true that the pain must disappear completely before trying to go back to work or do normal activities.
It is not correct to have a catastrophic attitude, thinking the worst, overestimating the importance of the symptoms.
It is not true that we must abandon the activities of daily life.
Do not trust only the drugs: they do not solve the problem, they only alleviate the pain.
Do not stay home: you will concentrate even more on your pains and thus increase it.
Do not stop doing the things you like, especially if they do not make the pain increase: this is true
also for sports and leisure activities.
Do not worry, you are not becoming invalid: no one has ever become so because of a simple back or neck pain.
Do not get depressed on days when the pain is worse: pain normally has a variable intensity and though momentarily increases, does not mean that the situation is worse.
Begin gradually to do a little more every day: you will see improvement.
Do not listen to the “horror stories” of others: they are not real.
Continue to work or resume to do so as soon as possible, with less heavy jobs for several days: back pain does not make you disabled, it only requires you to limit yourself a little; continue to work, moreover it is an infallible medicine for our mind.
Keep fit: walking, swimming, cycling, exercising and dancing will make you feel better for many reasons: you will find that you can do it without increasing the pain, it will benefit you psychologically, it will improve the possibility of tissue repair, it will increase endorphins, which are self-produced by the body to reduce pain.
Be patient: it is normal for those suffering from backache to have pains from time to time.
Live as normally as possible: this does not mean trying to be a hero; instead it means to control your efforts, have moments of rest to allow your body to recover in the best way possible, with activity.
Did you know that when your back seizes up or get stuck it is a defense mechanism put in place by the body to avoid much greater problems such as muscle strains or herniated discs? A minor evil therefore, even if annoying and painful.
Your back getting stuck is an acute low back pain that manifests with a sudden pain that seems like getting stuck by a knife and it forces you into the typical position of bending forward and prevents from performing every kind of movement. That really is the last defense of the body to prevent the disc from coming out. The disk swells (and you understand that when you go to the bathroom, laugh, cough or sneeze, because it provokes shooting pain) to protect itself. The body does its duty, it blocks everything.
The back is stuck, the pain is excruciating: what should you do? To avoid more damage and pain you must stay calm and limit movements as much as possible, avoiding sudden and abrupt ones reclining or leaning while remaining motionless in that position. The best therapy is to immediately put ice on, ten to twenty minutes on and forty to fifty minutes off repeatedly, for three days in a row. In doing so, the disc disinflames and unswells, giving immediate relief.
An acute stuck back does not last a long time, it should be considered as a warning that something is wrong with the back and once the acute phase has passed it is important to go immediately to an experienced chiropractor.
A doctor in chiropractic will understand why the body has gone in self-defense, understand and change its causes so that the back does not get stuck again.
With the Sanrocco method we have found more than 500 reasons that can cause pain back.
We are at the forefront in the treatment of back pain, neck pain, sciatica and other problems related to these.
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