Back pain affects millions of people in this country alone. There are many assumptions that are made when a person first experiences the uncomfortable sensations and even as back pain becomes a chronic part of their lives.
Learning the truth about back pain can help you live a happier, healthier lifestyle.
First and foremost, do not fall for the idea that all pain indicates that the sufferer should lay down and rest. For acute back pain, rest may be recommended for a day or two, or even three, but long term activities, in most cases, can be continued. It is best to consult with a doctor, physical therapist, or other specialist regarding modifications that can be made to your normal activity levels, rather than resorting to full bed rest, which can cause stiffness and more discomfort.
You do not need to ‘live with it.’ Many sufferers reach the conclusion that back pain is a part of life and must simply be dealt with. When it is severe enough to interfere with your way of life, you should see a doctor and learn more about your options for potential cures or, at the very least, ways to make the pain more bearable.
Some individuals find it to be quite a surprise that they have sudden back pain. Just because you are in good shape, doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to injury – temporary or otherwise. Working the same muscles in the same way over and over again can actually make you more prone to aches, pains and real damage.
Finally, back pain does not dictate the need for surgery. There are many non-invasive ways to treat the discomfort and the cause of it. It is only a very small percentage – 15% or fewer – of back pain sufferers that require surgical treatment.