One study showed that MDs, DCs and a pamphlet on back care were all equally effective.
i can't emphasize that pamphlet enough. i see oodles of patients with hurt backs. most of them are no big deal as long as there is no nerve involvement (shooting pains, weakness, loss of control of bowel or bladder) it does help to have a physician check this out to make sure (promoting my business a bit
) most back injuries can be treated with mild exercises and prevented with exercises like yoga, pilates, swimming etc.
but do not lay around.. inactivity is the enemy when it comes to your back.