7 Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Back Pain

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7 Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Back Pain

Here at Compass Physio we have worked with back pain for many years and truly have a great knowledge of how to diagnose and manage your back pain.

There are several common mistakes we consistently see people are making when they have back pain.

Could you or someone you know be making one or more of these mistakes?

We list the most common mistakes below and what YOU can do about it

Mistake # 1

Ignoring the pain, thinking it will go away on its own.

We often ask clients, how long have you had your pain? The replies most commonly vary from months to years. I was hoping it would sort itself out.

Just getting on with things and thinking the pain will go away, may work but this will take a lot of time, plus, that’s if the pain ever goes away anyway.

Early intervention is shown to help reduce your pain in the long term.

So if there is a niggle get it assessed by a professional.


Mistake # 2

Trusting in medications, hoping issue will resolve

Yes, taking medication can help to ease pain. However, medication is not treating the real source of the problem. You need to see a Health Care Professional who can diagnose the problem and advise on a recovery plan.

Often medication does play an important part on the recovery journey.

Mistake # 3

Too often our clients tell us that they have been following the advice of a friend or family member to manage their symptoms.

What may have worked for your Auntie Mary to ease her back pain is not necessarily what is going to work for you. We are all individuals and very different in our body make up, and your back pain could be coming from an entirely different source! You need to seek professional advice that will diagnose the root cause of the problem.

Mistake # 4

Youtube. I regularly have clients who attend and demonstrate to me a set of exercises that they have found on youtube for their symptoms. Ill be honest to effectiveness can really vary as often the exercises are incorrect and potentially harmful for that particular problem.

Exercise for you back should be specific for your needs. Therefore, understanding what’s actually wrong with you will help you make a much better informed decision about what exercise will be most beneficial to you. Avoid exercise which worsens your pain!

Mistake # 5

Rushing back into activities too soon.

Rushing back to activities too quickly can be detrimental to your recovery. Too much stressful

activity on the body, with the body in a weakened state can quickly escalate your back pain.

Mistake # 6

Playing it too safe and resting for too long

Current research suggests that exercise is the best action to take to help you recover from back pain.

Again remember, resting is almost like doing nothing, and you are always

better trying to do something to help yourself recover.

Mistake # 7

Waiting too long to ask the right person for help

The longer you wait to ask the right person, the longer you suffer with pain. You may also prolong the amount of time that it will take to recover from your back pain. My advice is to contact a health professional ASAP. If you are already making any of these mistakes, you are not alone and you should know at the outset, rarely is it ever too late to get things right.

Here is the great news: Even if you have been making ALL of these mistakes we can still help you.

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Paddy Mulligan MISCP
Chartered Physiotherapist
Compass Physio