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Myth 2: Where it hurts is where the pain comes from

Many patients point to a spot on their back and say “it hurts right here”. But where it hurts isn’t always where the pain is coming from.

The most common spot patients point to is their buttocks area. It’s actually very rare that the problem is coming from that area. It’s usually coming from the lumbar spine, but the patient is getting referred pain to the buttocks area.

We want patients to continue pointing out where it hurts, but we also want them to be aware that where it hurts isn’t always where the pain is coming from.

Watch Dr. Raub's video series on the '10 most common back pain myths' on VSO's YouTube channel.

Myth 2: Where it hurts is where the pain comes from