Throwing your back out is no joke.
Herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, injuries and fractures can all inflict pain in your back. Because back pain is so common among us, sometimes the causes of it are actually mistaken.
You may have decided that you pulled a muscle exercising, or that your mattress just isn't up to scratch. But if you're still not seeing results after making the changes, it may be time to consider that it's time to look a bit deeper as to the true cause of your back pain.
There are many things that can cause your back pain, and it can come as a surprise to learn that you may have actually jumped to conclusions when it comes to assigning the blame!
While it is tempting to self-diagnose and forfeit any hopes of relief, it might first be worth considering these 4 common factors that may not be the culprits at all.
So, before you decide that your back pain is a foregone conclusion due to your assessment that it's been brought about by an obvious factor...
Take a look at these 4 common misconceptions that people commonly mistakenly attribute their back pain to, which probably aren't the cause at all.
Here are 4 common things that back pain is not likely to result from:
4. Exercise That's Done Correctly
Misconception #3: "I Just Hurt My Back at the Gym"
Of course, if your functional form is horrendous during heavy weightlifting sessions; or if you're going too hard straight out the gate when you're working out for the first time in weeks, you are going to experience some pain and possibly muscle soreness in your back.
If you push too hard, you may encounter delayed onset muscle soreness, which will appear a day or two after the rigorous workout.
High-impact and strenuous exercise movements can injure you if you are not taking your time and doing each motion correctly. Sometimes, if you don't get enough exercise into your routine, when you do work out, you may experience pain.
However, if you are working out regularly, doing the exercises correctly, and not pushing yourself too hard and too quickly, you should not be experiencing pain.
In fact, exercising regularly is known to actually build up the muscles of your back, to eliminate pain and be proactive in preventing it! Stretching and yoga can relieve pain as well.
3. Your Age
Misconception #3: "I'm Just Getting Older"
While many older people do have back issues, it is not solely due to age. You don't just hit a certain age and... BAM, hello back pain!
The elderly are certainly much more susceptible to back problems, but back pain can occur in all ages.
Some elderly people who are healthy, active, and do not have any other contributing issues don't experience any back pain as they age.
2. Your Mattress
Misconception #2: "My Mattress is Just Too Soft"
Many people may recommend a firm mattress for individuals who suffer from back pain. While there is some truth in the theory that very soft mattresses can lack the support your back needs...
Conversely, if your mattress is too firm, this can place too much pressure on the points where your body first comes into contact with the bed when you lay down: your hips and shoulders.
With a mattress that is too firm, you can also be doing damage to your back. However, the reality is that most people do not have a mattress that is on the extreme side of too firm or too soft.
In general terms, if your mattress is "just right", it may not necessarily be the cause of your pain.
1. Your Genetics
Misconception #1: "Back Pain Just Runs in My Family"
While it is possible that genetics may be playing a part in your back pain, it's much more common that it is, in fact not a significant contributing factor.
The greater majority of back conditions do not have any genetic predispositions present. This means that just because your mother has a condition that lead to her back problems, it's not likely that the pain you experience is of the same origin and was handed down to you.
While you may have previously thought that these 4 common things might be the culprit of your back pain, it's more likely that your pain is actually linked to another contributing factor.
Typically, back pain is commonly due to:
- Muscle and Ligament Strains
- Trauma Due to a Powerful Impact (e.g. a Car Accident)
- Spinal Stenosis
- Abnormal Spine Curvature
- Some forms of Cancer, and more.
Hopefully this guide will help you rule out some commonly incorrect beliefs on the causes of most back pain, and it can be of assistance in better pointing you to the source of your pain.
Wishing you relief from your back pain and a speedy recovery...
Slabway Wellness Consultant