To reduce the risk of back pain, patients must understand what causes unnecessary strain on the back. Once patients understand the causes, they can modify their lifestyles and activities to prevent or eliminate back pain. Patients can also team up with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, look beyond your symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors affect your wellbeing. They listen and partner with you to help prevent injury and encourage your body’s natural tendency toward self-healing.