The June 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine had an article, "The Better Way to Get Back Pain Relief." The author, Teresa Karr, presents a well-rounded discussion of back pain, the overuse of diagnostic imaging, the risks of opioids and surgeries, and the value of conservative care. It is available here.
Consider chiropractic as your primary option for treating back pain. Did you know: If you are seen first and only by a medical doctor, your chance of ending up with back surgery is 43%! This drops to only 1.5% if seen first and treated by a Doctor of Chiropractic.