We are almost through devouring the first season DVD set of House, MD. The second season is being released this week and the third will premiere on September 5th. We really haven't watched much network tv for the last few years, so to find a show we like so much is great.
It is one of those shows where you pause and go back and look at a detail. Some are very subtle, like when you see his apartment number is 221B or when the jazz musician patient is played by Harry Lennix (Commander Locke from the Matrix movies) and in a 1/2 second pan over his albums one is called "Mindtrikz" and has a matrix looking cover. My favorite little moment was when you see his DVR list and it shows that he has recorded a Monster Truck Jam, Spongebob and Black Adder!
There is also a Columbo-type thing happening where he has to catch people's lies so he can cure them. The writing is very tight, every detail is put in to foreshadow the eventual correct diagnosis. Another running theme is tying what is happening to patients in the clinic to that week's mystery case. I can go on and on. It's a good solid entertaining program.
All of this was prompted by reading a cool post on Metafilter highlighting the similarities between House and Sherlock Holmes.
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.