We just got our turnable repaired. I had grand ambitions of ripping all our albums to mp3. In two weeks, I have only gotten through two of them. It takes a while to run them through the Clean program, but the CD's sound pretty good.
As the article above states, it is so much cheaper to get a record than spend $15 for a CD that only has three good songs on it.
To my dismay, I discovered I own a lot of really crappy albums that barely have one good song on them. Time to transfer those and trash the albums. I figure half of my "collection" can go away after that. Of course, all of my better half's albums are fantastic. We won't be throwing away any of those. I am not being sarcastic, she actually has taste in music. I am gonna miss my K-tel albums, though.
Rocksnobs.com also has a nice appreciation of the 45 that goes further into the economic value of vinyl.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.