How should back pain be dealt with? This is a question that has baffled patients and doctors for generations. Resting in bed, medications, drugs, and muscle relaxants was standared but in February 2017, doctors were urged to change their approach to back pain. They were urged to drop medications altogether and deal with back pain using methods such as heat, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and physical therapy to name a few. It’s important to note that these aren’t treatments for serious back pain. For these situations, consider additional tests such as an MRI.