something I do to help with pain
For those not needing or having surgery, I have found that sleeping on one particular side of my body makes a big difference in my back pain. A physiotherapist had me test lying on each side. For me, sleeping/ resting/ leaning on my right side puts my curves in less stressful position. (because my left lumbar is my major, and my thoracic curve is very high.) I had been sleeping on my left for years! Since, I have been diligently retraining myself.
This is not a 'cure' for anyone's pain, of course. But, it can really help the morning back aches and pains that might persist throughout much of the day. Have someone observe your spine and it's side-lying position. For single curves, the straightest-curve position will be obvious immediately. For doubles, you might have to flip over a few times to 'see' the best position for you.
Hope this can help someone else with their pain.
approx 50 T, 36 T/L