Stretching will conquer the problems for both sitting and other activities. In extreme cases, surgery may be used to remove the spurs from the spinal column. This makes it the longest and the widest nerve in the human body.
People with back problems are not advised to sleep on their back because of the pressure of your body weight. Acupuncture - This age old Chinese method of pain treatment has gained popularity with people suffering from sciatica, and is very effective. Heat treatment may not work for everybody though, so you might want to try using an ice pack instead of a hot water bottle, or better yet, alternate the hot and cold exposure to the painful body part as this has been reported to work as well. If you enjoy sports, you will be limited in how much you can partake.