It can be one of the most debilitating things. When your back is giving you grief there is not a lot of ‘training around it’ you can do. You have to address it for there to be any progress in any part of your life. Sounds melodramatic but I know because I have experienced being flat out on my back a number of times over the years and when you endured that more than once, you suddenly get really motivated to fix it!
Why did I have my problem? Well it was combination of things, including years of playing one sided sport which led to muscle imbalances of a chronic nature and an attitude of ‘head in the sand’ that led to regular re-injuring, i.e. not acknowledging the fact that I was de-trained and asking bigger questions than my body could answer.
So how have I dealt with? I saw multiple specialists until I got one who knew how to treat me and that happened to be a myofascial expert in Sydney. He was able to get me out of pain with some basic but extremely effective hands-on treatment, but the only way that I have been able to stay out of pain is implementing smart progressive overload strength training (i.e. knowing my limitations!), implementing a preventative maintenance plan including regular massage and chiropractic or osteopathic care and I would also say eating a better diet. Getting inflammation out of the body is a critical part of the equation.
The above links are all people I have used, referred to and seen lots of benefits from. Remember prevention is better than cure always but if you have tweaked something the professionals I have suggested above are a great and trustworthy place to start.