The 3 biggest myths that people believe when trying to ease back pain (…That don’t actually help!)

After more than 20 years of treating patients, I always get a little chuckle when the patient is telling me what’s wrong…”it hurts in my rotary cup” or “I slipped a disk.”   With the internet and all of the medical websites that give you a virtual doctorate degree, they also fill your brain with some misinformation.  Here are some common mis-conceptions of low back issues.


Bending isn’t always bad for your back; how often and to what extreme are.  Your body is designed to move and continued movement is good for it.  Sudden and extreme changes can cause damage, but bending a little bit at a time can help acute back pain.

The only discs that slip are hula hoops.  The discs in your back can be injured and are subject to the aging process, but they are fixed to your vertebra by ligaments and don’t actually slip.  These discs may become bulged, or herniated, but the majority of the population have these issues without experiencing any pain.

Lower back pain is not isolated from how you treat the rest of your body. The life factors that contribute to other health issues can also lead to lower back pain.  Some of these factors are: work/life stress, lack of exercise, poor postures, poor diet, previous back injuries.

Your nerves don’t get “trapped” in your back.  When you have an injury, the bodies normal mechanism is the inflammatory process.  Pain and inflammation can change the blood flow around your nerves causing pressure on the nerve.

After you have suffered an injury or have nagging pain that doesn’t resolve, the best course of action is to see a health professional who specializes in the body and movement.  That specialist is a physical therapist.  If you need help, Click Here, for a FREE consultation on how physical therapy can help you return to the life you desire!

Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
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