Low back pain (LBP) is actually a fairly common condition, but just because it is common does not mean that it does not cause challenges and difficulty with daily activities. Some of the biggest misconceptions I run into as both a healthcare professional and in my daily life are the following:
- “I need to rest and not move while I have back pain”
- “My dad had a bad back, his dad had a bad back, I was just born with a bad back”
- “Now that I’ve had a back injury I’m always gonna have weakness and back troubles”
Here is the reality of back pain (YAY statistics....I'm actually kind of a nerd and like stats):
- 80% of adults will experience LBP at some point in life
- 90% of folks with acute low back pain FULLY recover
- More than 90% of LBP is NOT caused by SERIOUS condition
WOW, so greater than 80% of the time back pain comes on it is NOT a life-altering, permanent thing!!!
To take this a step further, the human back is an incredibly robust structure. It is built well, built to last, and most importantly built to move, EVEN when pain is on board. All of that being said, you shouldn’t just go around lifting and twisting with heavy loads, and when back pain is present you need to attend to it.
A question I often get asked is “What is causing my back pain?” or “What is ‘damaged’?” While there are many causes of LBP, most is what we refer to as “non-specific low back pain.” This means that there is not necessarily an abnormality or “disease” leading to the pain. A few of the more common factors are:
- Lack of physical activity or conditioning
- Generalized poor health
- Poor posture or movement
- Repetitive movements
And occasionally there is no real apparent reason for why the LBP exists. Furthermore, there are a number of factors that increase the risk developing LBP:
- Sedentary work
- Physically strenuous work
- Stressful or dissatisfying employment
- High levels of stress
So now we get to the big question, “What can be done to get rid of my back pain without pills, injections, or surgery?” Below is my new ebook which includes 7 simple steps that you can start today and decrease pain by the week’s end!!
All of this being said, there are times when the back pain alarm is going off to signal something a little more serious. If you are experiencing any of these, please get a hold of a medical profession. I would love to help check up and make sure that there is nothing more serious going on!!
- Your back pain is result of a fall
- You are older than 70 with new onset of back pain
- Pain that does not go away even at night or laying down
- Weakness in one or both legs
- Problems with bladder, bowel, or sexual function
- Back pain is accompanied by unexplained fever, or significant weight loss when you are not trying to lose weight
- History of cancer, weakened immune system, or osteoporosis
- Back pain does not improve within 3-4 weeks
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