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Unveiling the Truth: Dispelling 5 Myths about Lower Back Pain

Welcome to M Physio-Gold Coast, where I, Dominic Forsythe, am here to guide you through the intricacies of lower back pain. With over a decade of experience as a dedicated physiotherapist, my journey has been one of compassion and expertise, extending even to my time supporting professional athletes. As the principal physiotherapist, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the impact of lower back pain on our Gold Coast community. But amidst the struggle, there’s a wealth of misinformation that often clouds our understanding.

Let’s debunk five common myths surrounding lower back pain, paving the way for a more informed and empowered approach to wellness.

  1. Myth: Rest is the Best Treatment: It’s a common belief that resting in bed is the most effective way to alleviate lower back pain. However, prolonged bed rest can weaken muscles and exacerbate the problem. Movement and gentle exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist are often more beneficial in promoting healing and preventing future issues.
  2. Myth: Lower Back Pain Only Affects Older Adults: While it’s true that lower back pain becomes more prevalent with age due to factors like degenerative changes in the spine, it can affect people of all ages, including young adults and even adolescents. Lifestyle factors, such as sedentary behaviour and poor posture, play a significant role in the development of lower back pain regardless of age.
  3. Myth: Surgery is the Only Solution: Many individuals believe that surgery is the ultimate remedy for severe lower back pain. However, many lower back pain cases can be effectively managed through conservative treatments such as physiotherapy, exercise, and pain management techniques. Surgery is typically considered only when all other options have been exhausted or in cases of severe structural issues.
  4. Myth: Strong Core Muscles Guarantee Freedom from Lower Back Pain: While having a strong core can certainly contribute to better spine stability and posture, it’s not a foolproof solution for preventing lower back pain. Factors such as poor lifting techniques, sedentary lifestyle, and underlying medical conditions can still lead to lower back discomfort, even in individuals with well-developed core muscles.
  5. Myth: Lower Back Pain Equals Permanent Disability: Experiencing lower back pain can be distressing, leading some to believe that it’s a life sentence of chronic discomfort and disability. However, with proper treatment, lifestyle modifications, and self-care strategies, many individuals can effectively manage their lower back pain and lead active, fulfilling lives. Understanding that pain doesn’t necessarily equate to permanent disability is crucial in fostering hope and promoting recovery.

Navigating the maze of information surrounding lower back pain can be overwhelming, which is why having a skilled physiotherapist by your side is invaluable. At M Physio-Gold Coast, our team is dedicated to guiding you through this journey with expertise and compassion. Whether you’re dealing with acute discomfort or chronic pain, our tailored approach to physiotherapy aims to address the root cause of your symptoms and empower you with the knowledge and tools to manage them effectively. Don’t let misinformation dictate your path to recovery—trust the experts at M Physio-Gold Coast to help you reclaim your mobility and vitality. Reach out to us today at 1899 992 999 or visit our website at www.mphysio.au to schedule a free 10-minute phone consultation with me, Dominic Forsythe. Your journey towards a pain-free life starts here.


Written By:

Dominic Forsythe (Principal Physiotherapist)

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy)


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