Dispelling Myths About Your Back

Back pain and back injuries are two commonly misunderstood issues. If you’ve injured your back or you’re dealing with pain, you’re not alone. Roughly 80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives.

Getting better means understanding the underlying mechanisms of your back problem and implementing the right approach to heal and recover. Along the way, it’s a good idea to learn about some surprising myths about your back that you can ignore.

Myth: Surgery is the best and only option for herniated discs

Just the term herniated disc is enough to make anyone cringe, but the more you know about this injury, the better prepared you’ll be to choose the right approach to recovery.

Think of the discs of your spine as jelly donuts. There’s an outer ring and a softer, jelly-like portion. Whether from age or injury, the jelly center that acts as a cushion can push through the outer ring. When this occurs, it’s known as a herniated disc and can cause the following symptoms:

There’s a common misconception that surgery is the best and only option. If you have a herniated disc and are considering treatment, be aware that most herniated discs get better with conservative treatments such as physical therapy, without the need for surgery. The team at In Touch NYC Physical Therapy offers comprehensive treatment options to help you recover from a herniated disc.

Myth: Spinal stenosis requires surgical repair

Spinal stenosis is a problem that occurs when the space within your spine becomes narrow. The resulting pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine is a common cause of lower back pain. As with herniated discs, there’s a misguided belief that you’ll need to have surgery to repair this issue.

The truth is, physical therapy not only treats spinal stenosis, the results are as good as surgery, without the inherent risks.

Myth: Targeting your back muscles is the best way to improve back strength

If you have a weak back due to an injury, you may be under the assumption that you must specifically target your back muscles to make your back stronger.

Did you know that the key to strengthening your back lies in your core muscles? When you want to increase back strength, core exercises are the best way to build and optimize not only back strength but also flexibility and mobility.

Your core muscles are the most active group of muscles in your body and they play a major role in supporting and stabilizing your spine. Your core muscles are located deep inside your abdominal cavity, along the back of your spine, hips and pelvic floor.

Performing core exercises benefits your back in the following ways:

Back problems can strike at any time. The In Touch NYC Physical Therapy team is dedicated to helping patients reduce pain, recover from injury, and return to your daily activity as quickly as possible. Call today for an appointment with one of our experienced staff members, or use our online booking tool.

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