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8 Myths About Your Back — Busted

Back PainMisinformation abounds about back problems. How many times have you heard that exercise can hurt your back? Or that if you consult a spine surgeon about pain, you’re sure to wind up in surgery?

Back pain is a problem that is fairly common — as are the myths on the subject. If you have back pain, it’s important to get the facts.

We talked with Marzena Buzanowska, MD, Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health, to dispel these myths.

Myth: Exercise can hurt your back.
Fact: With professional guidance under a licensed physical therapist, exercise can help your back by strengthening the muscles that support your spine. A strong, well-conditioned back can withstand more stress and stabilize the spine better. In some instances, a spine-certified physical therapist can find a few simple exercises that will help relieve the pressure from a bulged disc to help with healing, Dr. Buzanowska says.

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