INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a shooting pain that radiates from the lower back, the thigh and below the knee and leaves many often unable to go about life’s routine activities.
It’s called sciatica – a common yet painful spinal condition – and physicians at Franciscan St. Francis Health are participating in a Phase II clinical trial designed to see if a product will bring relief for qualifying participants. The treatment is a non-surgical, non-steroid injection for sciatica-related leg and back pain.
|DR. ROBERT PRINCE|
”Although sciatica pain usually gets better on its own after a few weeks, for some people the pain continues, or even gets worse, which can take a major toll on your activity level,” said principal investigator Robert Prince, MD, pain expert for Franciscan Physician Network Spine Specialists.
The first patient in Indiana – and the fourth in the world – recently was enrolled in the research study at Franciscan St. Francis-Indianapolis. Performed as an outpatient procedure, the drug is injected into the epidural space as an extended release treatment.
To be considered for the study, patients must at a minimum:
· be over 18 years of age
· experience primarily leg pain (can also have back pain)
· have failed conservative therapy (bed rest, physical therapy, medication) for at least six or more weeks
· no chronic opioid use
· be willing to stop anti-inflammatory drugs for sciatica for 24 hours before the implant and no use after the implant
For more information about the Franciscan St. Francis-based study, please call 855-5-STUDY-0 or visit www.LegPainStudy.com.