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Are you currently suffering from back pain? Well you are not alone. Over 85% of the UK population will suffer with back pain at some stage in their life. Keep reading to learn the top 5 misconceptions of back pain and how our approach at Synergy can help.


Five top misconceptions around back pain


1. Pain equals structural damage

90% of all MRI scans will show degeneration of the spine and 45% will show a disc bulge. Back pain is rarely associated with damage to the spine.

2. Persistent back pain cannot change

The majority of people with the right help can resolve their pain and lead a normal life with the right input

3. Tensing your core will fix/prevent back pain

The back is a series of 31 segments designed to move to share load. It is vital therefore that we move to maintain this ingenious design. ‘Use it or lose it!’

4. All back pain is serious

Only 1% of all back pain is of a serious origin

5. Surgery is inevitable

For reasons mentioned above if the problem is not structural then surgery is unlikely to be part of the solution. Surgery for back pain is rare and should be seen as a last resort.

Other things that you may have heard that you should challenge or just ignore

“My discs are crumbling”
“You need to tense your core to move”
“You must protect your back by being careful”
“The bones are rubbing together”
“Your back is out of alignment”


What can you do to help resolve your pain?


Relax – The most important thing is probably to relax. Often the fear and anxiety associated with the pain are more problematic than the pain itself

Move – Forget protecting and resting your back and move. Don’t start off too adventurously but just start trying to move around more freely or take a good walk.

Strengthen – Although keeping your back still is not the solution some improvements in stability and strength in your back, shoulders and pelvis is likely to form part of an all round solution

Through our team approach our physio’s will assess you to help you understand the nature of your problem and help to initially reduce your pain levels and then our rehab specialists will help create a specific movement and strengthening programme to get you back to doing the things that you want to do.

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Lower back problems we commonly treat include:


• Acute Low Back Pain
• Back Strain
• Disc Prolapse
• Facet Joint Pain
• Low Back Pain
• Sacro-Iliac Joint dysfunction
• Lumbago
• Scoliosis
• Slipped Disc
• Spondylolisthesis
• Spondylolysis

An initial assessment will assess how your current problem is affecting your everyday activities. From here we can formulate Individualised treatment goals to make sure you get the most out of your treatment.

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