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3 Things You Probably Don't Know About Back Pain

Updated: Mar 27

Medical research on back pain is constantly evolving. Therefore, it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest research in order to manage this condition in the most effective way.

Read on to learn about three things you probably don't know regarding back pain.



1. Bad posture doesn't correlate with back pain


Although posture is important when doing certain activities like weight training or impact sports, it is not necessary to keep your back upright at all times. You should not be afraid of bending your back when sitting or doing daily activities since movement avoidance can lead to increase pain sensitivity.



2. Too much rest is bad for your back


Taking things slowly is advisable when having acute back pain. However, too much rest can lead to increased stiffness and sensitivity in your back, making your recovery longer. Try to stay as active as you can while having back pain. A physiotherapist can guide you through an exercise program to regain strength and flexibility.



3. You rarely need an x-ray or MRI scan for your back


Most changes seen on MRI are normal signs of aging and they do not indicate the need for surgery. Visit a doctor or physiotherapist to be advised on whether you need any special tests to rule out serious pathologies.

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