For back pain, chiropractic was ranked as the number one for the treatment of the most common condition for which people seek medical advice: back pain. Ranking ahead of Physical Therapy and Acupuncture, both of which the Hamilton Clinic offers by the way, chiropractic was shown as the most widely proven, safest and effective of all interventions.
See a summary of the report here: Consumer Reports – “Relief for your Aching Back”
I think one of the best pieces of advice from the article was regarding back surgery. They (correctly) reported that back surgery was used too frequently in years past and should now be reserved for patients with significant neurological deficits (e.g., muscle weakness, bowel/bladder/erectile dysfunction, loss of reflexes) and even among those patients, a course of chiropractic care should be tried first. Some hospital systems are requiring a referral to a chiropractor before surgery!
Ultimately, prevention is the best way to go. Make sure you are using good posture and that your workstation is setup correctly.
[note: For those readers not seeking a chiropractor in Evansville, IN, I have written a post with my advice to help you find a good chiropractor to effectively treat your back pain . If you ARE looking for a chiropractor in Evansville to help you with your back pain — wether it is caused by a degenerative disc, a herniated disc or anything else, I hope you will consider working with us!]