Back Pain and pain management myths debunked:
Updated: Sep 30, 2021
Persistent back pain can be worrying but is rarely dangerous
Getting old is NOT a cause of back pain
Persistent back pain is rarely associated with tissue damage
Scans rarely show the cause of back pain
Pain with exercises does not mean you are doing harm
Exercise and movement are one of the most effective ways to help treat back pain.
Discs are not like digestive biscuits, they do not ‘slip’.
Back pain is not caused by poor posture
Back pain is not caused by a ‘weak core’.
Backs do not wear out with everyday loading and bending
Pain flare-ups do not mean you are damaging yourself
Injections, surgery and strong drugs are usually not the cure.
O'Sullivan PB, Caneiro J, O'Sullivan K, et al Back to basics: 10 facts every person should know about back pain British Journal of Sports Medicine 2020;54:698-699.