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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Clinical study at Franciscan St. Francis Health seeks to get leg up on sciatic nerve pain

Hoosier patient is first in state and fourth in world to enroll in study

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.

”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