The central dogma of the technology is that people with back injuries develop pain as a signal to the brain to be careful. Neuroscientists have learned many people continue to feel pain even as they heal; they believe cells can become overly sensitive and continue to send pain signals to the spinal cord.
Vertis' system, built on technology bought from the University of Texas, tries to interrupt the pain signals in cells. It uses an electrical-control box hooked to 10 electrodes on a patient's back. A hair-thin wire is inserted into the back to deliver a current for 30 minutes. Vertis believes the stimulation makes pain neurons less sensitive.
The article says it's for people that have nerve pain without a specific spinal condition. I am interested to see if this actually works. If any of you have had this procedure, please let me know.
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.