Some Urban Legends about Living With Back Pain
If you’ve been suffering from back pain, you are certainly not alone. In fact, one half of all working Americans admit to having back pain each year. If you’re one of the millions of Americans living with back pain, you might think you know all there is to know about back pain. But do you know the difference between facts and urban legends? We’re here to bust some popular myths that you might have heard about back pain.
1. “You Just Need a Firmer Mattress”
If you’ve ever suffered from back pain, you might have been told that your mattress is probably the cause of your pain. While it’s true that a proper mattress can reduce the effects of back pain, firmer does not always equal better. When looking for a mattress, you want a mattress that is firm enough to support your spine, yet soft enough for you to relax. Studies show that people who sleep with a medium-firm mattress actually have less back pain than those who use a firm mattress.
2. “It will go away – just give it some time.”
Another popular method of dealing with back pain is the “wait it out” method. You might have been told that back pain is only temporary and that it will go away in a few days. While the symptoms of certain back pain conditions might be sporadic and only temporary, the long term effects of back pain can be permanent.
Back pain typically is symptom of a bigger problem. If you’re suffering from back pain, there is a chance that what you’re experiencing is the early warning signs of a much larger problem such as sciatica or a herniated or degenerative disc. If left untreated, acute back pain can turn into a serious issue.
3. “Just Give it Some Rest.”
If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you probably have been told to “just give it some rest.” Yes, it is true that some time in bed can help reduce acute back pain, but if you’re in bed for more than a day, you’re actually doing more harm than good. Regular exercise and muscle activity helps to prevent back pain. In fact, many people with back pain over-protect their spine, which makes them more prone to injury. In order for the spine to stay healthy, it requires regular exercise and stretching.
4. “Back Pain is a Normal Part of Aging.”
You have probably heard that back pain is an unavoidable part of aging and that you should just accept it. Well did you know that young adults (age 30-50) are more likely to experience back pain? While it’s true that as we age, we become more susceptible to pain, we don’t have to accept it. There are so many treatment options available that you don’t have to live with the pain.
5. “Surgery is the Only Option treatment for back pain”
If you’ve ever seen a doctor due to back pain caused by a spine condition such as a herniated or bulging dis, chances are that back surgery was recommended. Many believe that back surgery is the only treatment for spine condition, but this is simply not true. In fact, surgery is far from the most effective option. Many patients who undergo back surgery are not satisfied with the results. Often times, surgery only offers only temporary or partial relief and follow-up surgeries may be needed within 3 to 5 years.
The fact is, surgery is a dangerous, expensive treatment option. Nonsurgical back pain treatment methods such as the DRS Protocol are a safer, more cost-effective and non-invasive alternative to back surgery.
Back Pain Treatment in Lakewood Colorado
The Denver Spine Institute in Lakewood, Colorado utilizes non-invasive treatment methods such as the DRS Protocol to reduce back pain. If you’ve been told to just accept back pain as a natural part of aging or that surgery is your only option, give us a call today at (303) 456-4466 to find out if you’re a candidate for the DRS Protocol.