With Jess Clarey
Fact – over 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Many of you reading this can probably relate to that. The extent of injury can vary and there’s no taking away that at times it can be serious while at other times we just need to show the back some more love and care.
There’s a lot of misbeliefs about the spine and relevant structures when it comes to back pain and this can lead to a fear about the injury and how to manage it. It is important to recognise that although useful at times, findings of scans such as MRIs do not always relate to the current injury or symptoms- see the common findings in asymptomatic (no pain or symptoms) people infographics based on a recent study. What you can see from the study is that disc degeneration and bulges are very common in all populations in the absence of any pain. Whilst scans can be very useful, it is important that we don’t rely solely on these to diagnose injuries but instead look at the whole picture which includes you as a person, how you feel, how you move and how the injury is affecting you.