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Misconceptions about lower back pain
The second week in September marks National Physiotherapy BackWeek and in this issue we look at some misconceptions about back pain.

Do you believe bed rest is the best cure for back pain? Or that you always need an X-ray to determine the cause of your back pain? Read on to find out more about the many facts and fallacies about back pain.

All the best,

The South African Society of Physiotherapy

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The content is for information and educational purposes only. The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) has attempted to provide recent and accurate information at the time of publication. The SASP does not assume liability for the use of information contained in this communique. It also does not replace, nor should it be considered an alternative to a medical consultation.  Copyright SASP. All rights reserved.
True or false: Once you’ve hurt your back you will always have a 'bad back'
While low back pain can be very painful initially, most people make a very good and speedy recovery. Read more...
True or false: Bed rest is always recommended for back pain
In the first few days after the initial injury, avoiding aggravating activities may help to relieve pain. Read more...
True or false: The worse the pain, the more the damage
This may seem strange, but we now know that more pain does not always mean more damage. Read more...
True or false: You always need a scan or X-ray for back pain
In most cases of low back pain, X-rays are not needed. Read more...
True or false: Your back needs to be 'put into place'
When your back is really sore you may feel out of control of the situation, and that someone else must ‘take the pain away’. Read more...
How to treat back pain
If you develop low back pain for the first time your physiotherapist, doctor or healthcare professional should screen you for signs of serious pathology. Read more...
Exercise and back pain
Many different forms of exercise seem to help low back pain. Read more...
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