Last November, around Thanksgiving, I went to work with a sore back, but maybe a stressful subway ride made it worse. By 11 AM, I couldn't stand up - pain radiating down my right side to my calf. I was in incredible pain and desparate. I searched online for a chiropractor, and lucked into a good one who took my insurance. A co-worker basically carried me out of the office and put me into a taxi. I went to the chiro twice that week, and felt at least 50% better after that. Still sore, but I could walk. She did adjustments after 10 minutes with the electro-stim and moist heat on the affected area. Two visits the following week put me around 75% better. Thankfully my spouse works for NY State and has very good coverage. Within 4 weeks, (6 adjustments) I was about 90% well. Good enough to go on vacation before Xmas and play golf and tennis every day. I also use a foam roller to stretch the buttocks and IT bands (look it up). I have tight hammies and calves, which often leads to lower back issues...I'm working on stretching those as well. My chiro has also helped with other posture issues due to drumming and guitar playing. This worked for me. Your mileage may vary. You may get a chiropractor who likes to milk every penny from you. I just went while I was feeling discomfort, and got relief. I go back whenever I want - once a month usually - just because it feels good. $25 co-pay works for me - just take a long lunch every now and then. Good health to you...and everybody!