The next time someone says “You need to see a doctor for your back! I don’t know why you’re not having back surgery!” like my entire family was yelling at me on Saturday, I’ll have them read this: Overtreated: Time may best treatment for back pain. According to the article, surgeries are often not the best choice. Time, exercise, and management of pain may well be better for a lot of people. I’m not saying I’m doing good exercise and management, but that’s no reason for me to rush off to a surgeon.
It’s a relatively long article (for this source) and has links to actual studies.
Sorry… Saturday kinda struck a nerve with me, so to speak.