Simple steps from the experts to ease aches and make you feel better fast.
By Sandra Gordon
Count yourself lucky if you've never groaned about your back. Fact is, the majority of us (80%) will deal with back pain at some point. It's one of the most common reasons for a doctor visit. Deciding how to treat it, though, can be tricky. There's simply no gold standard. "We have a long history of medical interventions that didn't work," says Roger Chou, M.D., a back pain expert at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. But today we know more than ever. Check out the latest ways to avoid and deal with pain—from easy-to-implement prevention moves to the most effective cutting-edge surgical cures.