Back pain myth busters
2 Nov

Back pain myth busters

Launched to coincide with World Physical Therapy Day (8 September), the CSP 'Myth Buster' initiative is aimed at physiotherapists, healthcare practitioners and patients. In this article we present the back pain myth busters....


1. Myth: Moving will make my back pain worse 

FACT: Don’t fear twisting and bending – it’s essential to keep moving. Gradually increase how much you're doing, and stay on the move. 


2. Myth: I should avoid exercise, especially weight training 

FACT: Back pain shouldn’t stop you enjoying exercise or regular activities. In fact, studies found that continuing with these can help you get better sooner – including using weights where appropriate.


3. Myth: A scan will show me exactly what's wrong

FACT: Sometimes it will, but most often it won’t. Also, even people without back pain have changes in their spine so scans can cause fear that influences behaviour, potentially making the problem worse. 

4. Myth:
Pain equals damage

FACT: This was previously the established view, but more recent research has changed our thinking. Modern physio takes a holistic approach to back pain that helps people understand why they are in pain and how best to manage it. 

Fight the fear - Move more...

Find out more about the myths and full references at: 

If you have pain that lasts for more than six weeks, please consult a physio or your GP 

Back pain myth buster

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are busting myths about back pain