1. Scans give me an accurate diagnosis? False!

It’s a myth that damage/degeneration always = pain, and vice versa. Although an x-ray, CT or MRI scan may occasionally be helpful, findings such as disc degeneration, arthritis, disc bulges and fissures are common in the pain-free population. Research has shown that musculoskeletal damage is not necessarily the reason for your pain.

Find out more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4464797/

  1. Strong pain killers (opiods) will help manage my pain? False!

In managing chronic pain, solutions that focus only on opioids for managing pain at best; mask physical problems and can delay or impede recovery. At worst; they may prove to be dangerous and even deadly.

In fact, in Australia, more than half of all unintentional drug overdoses in 2017 involved some form of opioid, in many cases oxycodone or codeine, which are commonly used for chronic pain management.

  1. Bending and lifting will make my low back pain worse? False!

Globally, low back pain causes more disability than any other condition, yet it’s thought that only 1-5% of cases are caused by serious disease or injury.

While it may hurt to bend and lift when you suffer from back pain, developing the mobility and strength to bend and lift is important. Many types of exercise, including weight training, bring great benefits. The Physiotherapists at Back2Balance can design effective exercise programs to help people to manage their back pain.

  1. I should stay in bed and rest. False!

When you’re suffering with chronic pain, it’s understandable to want to dial down your activity levels and even head for bed. However, studies show that returning to movement and work is better for a person’s recovery and for preventing recurrence than bed rest.

  1. My pain and limited function means there’s nothing I can do. False!

How you think about pain can have a big impact on your life. Studies have shown that people with negative beliefs about their pain report higher levels of pain intensity and disability.

The Physiotherapists at Back2Balance can help you understand your pain and support you with strategies to manage it over the long term.

  1. I am causing damage if it hurts. False!

Even if an activity feels painful, it is does not necessarily mean you are doing harm. In fact, the level of pain experienced is often a poor measure of injury or tissue damage.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, maintaining movement is the best thing you can do—it helps the body heal and boosts the immune system, whereas avoiding it often leads to an increase of disability and further loss of well-being. The Physiotherapists at Back2Balance can develop a program to help you move safely.

  1. Surgery is my only chance of improvement. False!

When it comes to treating low back pain, many people assume surgery is the answer. In fact, with only 1-5% of low back pain being caused by serious disease or injury, surgery has a very limited role if any in the majority of cases.

Exercise therapy designed by a Back2Balance Physiotherapist can help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life.

  1. Physiotherapy and physical activity helps people manage their chronic pain, improve function and enjoy a better quality of life. TRUE!