Three Common Myths About Back Pain You Probably Believe

Back pain is one of the most common conditions plaguing adults in America today. David D. Hubbell, MD of Georgia Bone and Joint Surgeons, sat down with us to discuss the three most common myths that people believe about back pain.

Myth 1: Bed rest or immobilization will help the pain go away.

Truth: Activity modification is typically more beneficial than bed rest or complete inactivity. People who remain physically active throughout their course of treatment, typically recover better and faster than people who remain sedentary. Talk with you doctor about what activities are best for you.

Myth 2: The doctor will “fix” my back.

Truth: Becoming actively involved in your treatment is critical. Effective recovery typically involves more than undergoing procedures or taking medications. Dr. Hubbell recommends actively participating in your treatment by focusing on three key areas:

            1. Nutrition – Eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight helps ensure your body has the nutrients it needs.

            2. Exercise and Activity – Stretching, cardio, and strengthening are all critical elements of exercise.

            3. Sleep – Getting ample, quality sleep is imperative for helping the muscles in your body repair and rejuvenate.

Myth 3: I get all the exercise I need from work.

Truth: While a labor intensive job may feel like exercise, it may not encompass everything someone needs to support back health. Exercise is made up of three parts: stretching, cardio, strengthening. Of these three components, “stretching is often overlooked, however, it is one of the most important elements for maintaining a healthy back,” explains Dr. Hubbell.


David D. Hubbell, MD is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and specializes in nonsurgical care of the spine. If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Hubbell, please call us at 770-386-5221 or request an appointment online.

This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition