Back Pain is one of the most common complaints patients present to their doctor with in the United States. Most people will experience back pain at least once in their lives. The causes of back pain are numerous and explained in more detail throughout our site. However, there are many measures people can take to prevent or lessen their severe back pain episodes. Proper body mechanics, maintenance of normal body weight, stopping smoking and keeping good core muscular strength are the keys to long-term relief from back pain. Surgical correction is rarely needed to treat back pain.