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The cause of back pain – myths, miracles, conditions, and common sense

Posted Feb 26 2010 4:52pm

Back pain, whether a back spasm or disc herniation causing sciatica , is a big deal. It hurts. Let’s explore what is going on and why.

If you have back pain and get checked out by a doctor , you’re likely to be told the cause of your pain is either:

Muscle Strain , Herniated Disc , Ruptured Disc , Discogenic Back Pain , Spinal Stenosis , Arthritis , Spondylolisthesis , Osteoporosis , Scoliosis , Ankylosing Spondylitis , Stress , or of  some unknown source .

Yes, some of those will scare you pretty bad and have you running to the internet to see if you’ve been given a life sentence! Also notice that almost all these describe conditions not causes .

Typical treatment recommendations are:

Rest, Ice, Heat , Anti-inflammatory Medications , Stretching , Exercise , Narcotic Pain Medications , Muscle Relaxers , Physical Therapy , Chiropractic , Epidural Steroid Injections , or Spinal Surgery

Yes, you are smart enough to understand most of these treatments are only trying to ease your symptoms and doing nothing about the cause .

So let’s lay out what are the common myths and misconceptions about back pain.

Myth #1: An event is the cause of my pain.

Truth: the only time an event is the cause of your pain is if you’ve been hit by a truck (or something similar). Most back pain is not caused by an event but is the result of a process .

Myth #2: When the symptom goes away, I’m better.

Truth: The symptom is not the problem . If the cause is never addressed the symptom will return.

Myth #3: I’ve had surgery so the problem has been fixed.

Truth: Surgery only addresses the condition of the spine not the cause of the condition. That means the condition can and will return.

Myth #4: The cause is not something I can do anything about: genetic, birth defect, leg length discrepancy, somethings broken and can’t be fixed, old age, wear and tear, etc.

Truth: Rarely, rarely, rarely is the cause of the problem untreatable. Genetics, birth defects, leg length discrepancy, and old age are almost never the cause of the problem – even if you’ve been told that by an expert. Regarding something being broken or wear-and-tear , almost always the more important question is why? And remember that the body is organic and constantly renewing itself (at the rate of about 300 billion new cells a day! ).

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Common Sense #1: Muscles move bones . If a bone or disc problem has been identified, remember that bones and discs (or cartilage) don’t move themselves (meaning they are not the cause the problem and thus treatment to them will not fix the problem!) The muscular imbalances need to be addressed. And this is not usually a core stretch issue. It is a length/tension imbalance issue between the left and right sides of the body and the front and back of the body.

Common Sense #2: The body is a unit . Everything is connected. Effective treatments must focus on the body as a unit and address imbalances up and down the body and focus on both sides of the body.

Common Sense #3: The body is in a constant state of rebirth . The human body replaces over 300 billion cells a day. If you are not healing, there is a reason for it – because believe me – you body is trying! You must look for the cause of the wear-and-tear , the cause of the friction, the cause of the pressure, etc. When that is addressed, your body can heal.

Common Sense #4: If what you are told does not make sense, don’t believe it. Trust your intuition . Remember that you know more about your health than anyone else in the world, no matter their education, their title, their reputation, or their opinion.

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Miracle #1: When you trust yourself , you will find the answer.

Miracle #2: When you do the right thing, you will get 100% better .

Miracle #3: It’s your birthright to live a pain free and active life and you will when you follow your common sense.

Miracle #4: It’s never too late .

The best part of all: all of this applies no matter what kind of pain you suffer from: back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, cartilage damage, degenerative joints, meniscus tears, bone spurs, TMJ, ligament injuries, facet joint issues, thoracic outlet syndrome, fibromyalgia, nerve impingements, epicondylitis, trigger finger, bunions, hammer toes, sciatica, flat feet, migraines, and everything else.

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