When it comes to pain, specifically back pain, there are a lot of misconceptions and bad advice out there. Here at your trusted Gahanna chiropractor, whether you have back or neck pain, leg, arm or knee pain, scoliosis, neuropathy, sciatica, carpal tunnel, or any other condition associated with the spine or joints, muscles and related nerves, we’re here to help. Today we’re clearing up the most common back pain misconceptions to save you a lot of confusion and back pain!

  • Myth: You can hurt you back with exercise. Fact: While there are many high-impact and rigorous exercises that can injure your back if not done right, overall, exercise is a good thing for back pain. In fact, many people find themselves enduring constant back pain because they do not exercise enough. Their core muscles and back muscles are not strong enough. Regular exercise would help build up the muscle and eliminate a lot of pain.
  • Myth: If you have a herniated disc, it requires surgery. Fact:  Actually, 90% of herniated disc cases can get better on their own. They don’t need surgery, but rather TLC with rest, physical therapy, and good chiropractic care.
  • Myth: MRIs and X-rays are needed to find the true source of your back pain. Fact: In some cases, X-Rays and MRIs have proven to be life-saving tools, showing that the cause of back pain was actually cancer or another serious problem. However, these are not common cases.  An X-Ray or MRI is suggested if back pain does not get better after several months of healthy lifestyle changes and alternative treatments.