Back pain afflicts eight out of 10 Americans at some point in their lives, yet surveys show most people are misinformed about pain and its treatment. Here we set the record straight on three common myths:
MYTH 1: Working out makes it worse.
It may be last on your list when you're hurting, but exercise is actually one of the best ways to both ease and prevent back pain.
Your doctor can recommend gentle exercises to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your posture. Ask about yoga, too - research shows it's especially effective at …