Two treatments for sciatic leg pain are Surgery or injection but at the moment we don’t know which treatment works best. The aim of this study is to compare the treatments to find out which is most helpful in reducing sciatic leg pain.
This study will treat patients with sciatic leg pain who have suffered a prolapsed (’slipped’) disc. They will receive one of the two treatments that are currently used by the hospitals taking part:
Þ Surgical microdiscectomy
Þ Transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI)
- Wilby MJ, Hopkins C, Bedson E, Howlin S, Burnside G, Conroy EJ, Hughes D, Sharma M, Marson A, Clark S, Williamson P. (2018) Nerve root block versus Surgery (NERVES) for the treatment of radicular pain secondary to a prolapsed intervertebral disc herniation: study protocol for a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. Trials 19: 475