This week's Newsweek cover story is about treating pain. Right now, it feels like someone is taking a melon baller to my spine, so reading this helped a bit. Especially the last paragraph,
...patients like Lee Hartford, 48, receive a promising new treatment for intractable spinal-disc pain. In less than an hour, doctors snake a coil around Hartford�s irksome disc and heat it to almost 200 degrees Fahrenheit to strengthen tissue and destroy the nerve fibers shooting pain messages to the brain. The procedure�s long-term benefits are still unknown, but after 15 years of knee-buckling back pain, Hartford is optimistic. Within weeks of the operation, he utters the words that every pain sufferer lives for. �I feel good,� he says.
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.