Most types of back pains can be treated without surgeries. People are often recommended over the counter pain killers to reduce inflammation in their back muscles. However back pain should not be ignored at all. Doctor recommended medication should be used to treat acute and chronic low back pain. Many people tend to use hot and cold compresses to relieve pain. Although its use has never been proved medically to relieve back pain injury, compresses may help inflammation and greater mobility for some patients.
Exercises however have been found to be far more effective than they are often given any credit for by would be back pain sufferers. Most people feel that visiting their doctor or taking some pain killers will help them get rid of back pain. But that is only a short term solution. The back pains are primarily caused by displaced muscles of the back. This can happen by being in the same posture for long periods of time (e.g. sleeping or driving long distances), or by sudden movement of the body that causes stress on the back muscles (lifting some weight in an incorrect fashion). So correct postures are paramount.
Remember, our back is one of the most precious part of our body. It is difficult to imagine how human body can stand straight without the strength of back muscles. Since the back is invisible to us most of the time and is only 'remembered' when it starts to hurt. But that is no excuse to ignore it when it is not hurting, yet! As stated before, four in every five people will experience back pain in their lives. Taking up right exercises to strengthen your back muscles, or learning and practicing the right postures is one way to ensure that you are not one of the four who suffer from it.