There are two reasonably clear-cut forms of backache that lend themselves to a reasonably straight-forward form of treatment. These are (1) the ruptured intervertebral disc and (2) the degenerated intervertebral disc. In both instances, once a diagnosis can be reasonably made, treatment is at first conservative, and this form of treatment frequently issuccessful. In the absence of success, an operative procedure is available which offers reasonable hope of correction of the difficulty.
A. W. Humphries & C. E. Wasmuth, Diagnosis and Treatment of the Modern Backache, 7 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 274 (1958)