Symptoms and Warning Signs in our health are much like the check engine light on your vehicle's dashboard. That's why we often observe that pain is rarely a problem by itself. It's merely an indication that some limit has been reached or that a change is needed.
Medications mask the symptom. They're like putting a piece of black tape over the oil gauge or turning up the radio so you don't hear the strange noise your engine is making.
Many of the classic 1950’s cars look better and run better than the newer ones. This is a credit to its owner. Proper maintenance of a car, like the spine, will extend its life/livelihood.