Answers to Common Back Pain Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about back pain.

What does the phrase “throwing out your back” mean, and is it accurate?

People often say they have “thrown out their back” when they have a sudden back pain. This could, for example, be caused by lifting something incorrectly, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) doctors.

When someone says this, they mean they have a great deal of pain in their back.

The saying is accurate to mean someone’s back is “out” of service for a time. Once someone “throws out their back,” they will want to take it easy and let their back work its way back into their regular movement.

Talk to your doctor for more information about what it means to “throw out your back.”

Source: Mark Kayanja, MD, PhD, Premier Orthopedic

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