The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research is a government agency that does research into finding safer, more effective treatments for many medical conditions. When it reported that the majority of people suffering from lower back pain do not need medical treatment, or prescription medicines, the medical-industrial-complex tried to shut it down, or change its role, or reduce its funding.
The AHRQ said that OTC medicines were good enough, and that manipulation and gentle exercise was all that was needed in most cases, while getting back to work as soon as possible also helps. Too much rest is not advised.
Kenneth Lin MD - AHRQ Is in Trouble: And why you should care