05/10/2011 08:14 am ET Updated Jul 10, 2011

The 10 Commandments of Back Pain

Twenty years of treating people whose backs ache, trying to help thousands find its cause and deal with its crippling challenges, I have developed my own set of ideas for what to do when your back hurts, when you have a pain in the butt or when nasty sensations radiate down your leg.

While some physicians think back problems are mostly psychological, I believe in a practical, diagnosis-based approach. To avoid back pain Hell and wandering from clinician to clinician, these are the rules to follow.

10 Commandments of Back Pain