InjectionTrypanophobes may shudder, but injectable medications are sweeping the sciatica sufferers’ circuit, as narcotics are being more widely rejected, and exercises are no longer enough. Severe sciatic symptoms may require something stronger than acetaminophen, but narcotic medications have their risks. No one wants to elect surgery if other options are available. There are two major injection types to be considered in terms of sciatic treatment and care.

Nerve Blocks: A nerve block injection is more diagnostic than used for relief. Sciatic sufferers should come to a nerve block appointment while experiencing a flare for best results. During the appointment, Lidocaine (a local anesthetic) is injected into the suspect nerve. If the injected nerve is the cause of the pain, flare symptoms will release with the inherent numbness. Of course, relief for the patient is subsequent and appreciated, but it will not last. Nerve blocks are used diagnostically to localize pain for better treatment.

Epidural Steroids: Used to treat pain, an epidural steroid injection consists of a corticosteroid being injected into the epidural space between the spine and spinal cord. First-time epidural patients usually undergo an MRI or CT scan before starting. The area is numbed with local anesthetic before the epidural injection, so pain is minimal during the process and minor afterward. Sciatic symptoms, however, are stifled.