You’d think for something so common, we’d have a pretty good understanding of back pain but the fact is we don’t, not the general public and not always clinicians. So I’m going to list a series of back pain myths and misconceptions over the next several weeks. Most of this material is drawn from an excellent article by Mary O’Keeffe, Kieran O’Sullivan and Derek Griffin.
But as O’Keefe et al point out, nearly everyone recovers from an episode of acute lower back pain. The prognosis if you have back pain is really very good. Within two weeks you are likely to be much better and by three months fully restored even without treatment of any sort.
Only a very small number of people will develop long term disabling problems associated with back pain. If you are unfortunate enough to be one of them, be assured that there is much that can be done to help you. And as we will see in subsequent articles a lot of this is contrary to popular beliefs.