Both my husband and I have lower back pain. My husbands is a combination of lumbar spine arthritis and a herniated disc.
I have heard that back surgery is very painful and not always very successful, so this is something we are trying to avoid.
I have a manipulation treatment on my spine every month. Every month my L5 vertebrae is out of alignment. They say you can actually train your muscles to correct themselves, but it takes regular treatment.
Our spine is critical to our overall health, and many diseases and ailments such as colds can settle in our spine.
Another thing we did to help the lumbar spine was to get a different bed. We have one of those beds where you can individually control how hard or soft the mattress is.
This was a good investment for us, as we don't wake up with an aching back anymore.