Back Pain Myth Busters

One of the most common reasons for seeing a GP is for back pain.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is keen to dispel some of the myths surrounding back pain:

Myth #1: Moving will make my back pain worse

Fact: People fear twisting and bending but it's essential to keep moving.

Gradually increase how much you are doing and stay on the go.


Myth #2: I should avoid exercise, especially weight training

Fact: Back pain shouldn't stop you enjoying exercise or regular activities.

In fact, studies found that continuing with these can help you get better sooner - including using weights where appropriate.


Myth #3: A scan will show me exactly what is wrong

Fact: Sometimes it will, but most often it won't. Also, even people without back pain have changes in their spine so scans can cause fear that influences behaviour, making the problem worse.


Myth #4: Pain equals damage

Fact: This was the established view but more recent research has changed our thinking.

Modern physio takes a holistic approach that helps people understand why they are in pain.

If you have back pain which lasts for longer than six weeks please consult your GP or physiotherapist.

To download the back pain myths poster please click here.

For more information aboutthe Chartered Socity of Physiotherapy visit their website here.