1. Pain = Damage
If you have long term back pain your pain signals a normally giving you mixed messages. Pain is not a sign of further damage and movement can reduce the pain signals.
2. I shouldn't move if I have pain
Rest is actually worse than movement for back pain. With inactivity you get a decrease in strength which reduces function and then results in an increase in pain.
3. Cortisone will fix my pain
Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory which can reduce inflammation, however it won't fix the causation of the pain. Improving strength, function and identifying contributing factors will help you improve your back pain.
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