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Protocol of the randomised placebo controlled pilot trial of the management of acute sciatica (SCIATICA): a feasibility study.

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Summary of "Protocol of the randomised placebo controlled pilot trial of the management of acute sciatica (SCIATICA): a feasibility study."

Acute sciatica (symptom duration less than 4 weeks), a major cause of pain and disability, is a common presentation to medical practices and hospital emergency departments. Selective CT fluoroscopy transforaminal epidural steroid injection is often used with the hope of reducing pain and improving function. Recently, there has been interest in using systemic corticosteroids in acute sciatica. However, there is limited evidence to inform management of selective CT fluoroscopy transforaminal epidural steroid in subacute and chronic sciatica and there is no evidence in acute sciatica, even though the practice is widespread. There is also limited evidence for the use of systemic corticosteroids in acute sciatica. Furthermore, the management of selective CT fluoroscopy transforaminal epidural steroid versus systemic steroids has never been directly studied.

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Name: BMJ open
ISSN: 2044-6055
Pages: e020435

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