How much do you really know about back pain? Enjoy these good-to-know facts surrounding myths about pain in your body and what it could mean for you.

Myth 1: Back Pain is a Normal Part of Aging

Fact: Just because you’re adding more candles to your birthday cake doesn’t mean it’s normal to add back pain to your life. Sure, getting older may make us more susceptible to certain illnesses or diseases that can cause back pain, but there are steps you can take to actively diminish it and keep your spine healthy—like chiropractic care.

Myth 2: I’m Physically Active, So Back Pain Won’t Be a Problem for Me

Fact: Staying physically fit is one of the many things you can do to keep your back healthy, but unfortunately there isn’t one set way to ensure you never experience back pain. In addition to keeping active, consider eating a highly nutritious diet, lowering stressors in your environment and maintaining proper posture.

Myth 3: I’m Not in A Lot of Pain—So My Injury Must Not Be Bad

Fact: Pain is a poor indicator of how serious your injury could be. Sometimes, pain can take days, weeks or even months to show itself following an injury as inflammation builds up in your body. If you’re experiencing a mild ache or pain that’s persistent, it may be time to get it checked out.

Myth 4: If I Have Back Pain, I Need Surgery

Fact: While nearly everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives, it’s not a reason to opt for surgery right away. If you’re experiencing pain, try to pursue the least invasive option initially. Think of it this way—chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery third.

If you’ve been experiencing back pain, consider giving our practice a call to schedule an appointment. Back pain may be common, but it’s not normal.