We've all been told things along the way with varying degrees of truth... Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just getting started, here are 5 of the most important things you need to know about your low back!
1. DON’T JUST BLAME YOUR BACK!
Your low back was designed to move along with your hips and upper back. Many times when people have back pain its as a result of the hips or the upper back not doing their job as well as they should. For many people this leads to "overwork" of the low back and pain but should be seen as "underuse" of the upper back and hip instead.
2. MRI'S AREN'T ALWAYS HELPFUL.
Many people want to start off by "getting an MRI" so they can "know" what's going on. Unfortunately MOST of us have something "abnormal" in our backs and that doesn't have to mean pain. Most of the time running through a thorough evaluation with us can save time and money in the long run!
3. SURGERIES AND INJECTIONS SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT
As mentioned in #2, because those "structural problems" aren't always problematic it's best to avoid surgeries unless you're confident that's the true problem. Even if it's a portion of the problem, getting stronger and moving better will likely help you get back to the things you love!
4. SCIATICA/NERVE PAIN CAN COME FROM OTHER PLACES
A lot of people who have the shooting pain down the back of their legs think that it has to come from their back but it could also be coming from other areas on your sciatic nerve, muscle "referrals" and your piriformis.
5. YOUR BODY WANTS TO PROTECT ITSELF...
Any time your body feels “threatened” it automatically responds to protect that area by creating an internal“brace.” When you have knee pain your body will naturally try to protect it by limiting it’s movement. You still want to move which puts your knee in a tug-o-war between what you want it to do and how it’s trying to protect itself. This is not a game of tug-o-war you want to play!
At this point you're probably thinking, "well, what do I do about it?" Luckily, we can help! Stay tuned to your email for helpful tips to take care of your low back pain or join us in the Tri For Health Facebook group.