Hi! I've had lower back pain & sciatica for years and am tired of the figurative trips through the revolving door for treatment - facet block works for a few days, then pain again, two epidural steroid injections providing four months of relief and the third and last epi injection relieving pain for just two weeks, chiropractic worked for a short time, PT worked for a shjort time, yada-ya. X-Ray diagnoses prior to 11/19/10 MRI: degenerated disks, moderate scoliosis, grade 1 spondylolisthesis, facet arthritis. MRI showed, at L5-S1: everything was normal; L4-5: mild spondylolisthesis, "Noted is a broad left disk protrusion encroaching the left neural foramen and exiting left L-4 nerve root," "mild degenative hypertrophy of facet joints"; L3-4: broad bulging annulus, mild right paracentral disk protrusion, mild bilateral foraminal stenosis, mild degenerative hypertrophy facet joints; L2-3: disk space is narrowed and dessicated, mild bulging annulus and mild right paracentral disk protrusion; L1-2: minimal bulging annulus causing mild compromise of neural foramina, "noted is degenerative atrophy of facet joints" (not mild). X-Rays done same date showed worsened ("severe") scoliosis. This time I'm going to a comprehensive spine center (excellent reputation). Dec. 7 I'll see an orthopedic spine surgeon, who, according to the doc I just saw, is a perfectionist, spent 14 hours in the OR on a case, and can make my spine straight, to which I responded, "No way will I have a fusion." I'm having PT, am hoping for the easiest and most effective (long-term) treatment, and am doing Internet research on treatments. Any ideas? I'm new on this board. Thanks!!!