Depending on the cause of your back pain, conservative treatments may first be recommended. These methods may include over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, injections and the use of heat or ice packs. Contrary to popular belief, bed rest is almost never helpful when combating back pain.
The surgical approach used will be based upon the preferences of the patient, as well as certain determining factors like obesity, the presence of extensive adhesions (scar tissue) and previous surgeries. Through surgery, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, pinched nerves and other spine-related problems can usually be resolved.