I recently posted about low back pain and how it is treated.
Below is an article about how to self-treat low back pain.
I have had a small disc herniation for over 20 years. It has flared a couple of times and I had some pain meds and PT, but also had to do some active PT (exercises), and I have a routine of stretches I do when my back acts up. Obviously, if you have back pain you should see your medical professional, but certain exercises can help.
Low back pain can be debilitating, and solving it takes a lot of work by doctors, therapists, and the patient. Insurance companies get in the way and make it harder to get the help from the medical professionals.
The insurer and employer can also get in the way by pestering the doctor to release the injured worker to work too soon. The one area that they can’t get in the way is with any exercises prescribed by the doctor. This is not to say that the exercises are the be all and end all. They aren’t.
We know, however, that opioids can be addicting, and surgery may or may not help. Until this kind of therapy has been tried you don’t know it you can get better by using it. The reality is that if you injure your back in a significant way it will never completely heal. You need to do maintenance on it to keep it, and you, functioning.