A staggering 70-90% of Australians will experience back pain at some point of their life, meaning it is an increasingly common problem many people face. Between 2014-2015 alone, 3.7 million people reported back pain, equivalent to 1 in 6 people, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Back pain can have a significant impact on peoples’ lives, ranging from limited mobility to a loss in employment to mental health issues. With so many people looking for relief, it can be easy to get lost in the large amount of advice that is readily available. Leading Spinal Surgeon and Neurosurgeon, Dr Michael Wong debunks the most common myths surrounding back pain:
Myth 1. It’s all in the muscles
Myth 2. Painkillers are the best solution
Myth 3. You should exercise less
Myth 4. Back pain is purely physical
Myth 5. An MRI Scan or other diagnostic test is needed to diagnose my back problem