Sciatica is a serious type of back pain. The pain associated with sciatica usually radiates through to the low back towards and around the back and side. It could feel like a burning, tingling or shooting pains, or as a shock.
If you’ve suffered from sciatica it’s not a problem for everyone else. Sciatica is a painful condition that is frequent, and can affect up to 400 000 Australians each year.
What treatments are available?
Unfortunately , there are only a few easy, effective ways to treat sciatica. Researchers from The University of Sydney are studying whether a widely prescribed anti-inflammatory medication can ease the pain caused by sciatica.
In the event that you, or someone in your family has experienced sciatica within the past six weeks or suffers from a flare-up of sciatica, you might be eligible to participate in an OASIS study.
What is the study About?
The treatments that are typically employed for other back issues do not perform well with sciatica. People suffering from sciatica tend to end up receiving more extensive treatments such as surgical procedures or injections in the spine.
Although these treatments can be helpful in some instances however, they can be costly and come with significant risks. In the OASIS study will examine the effectiveness of an easy oral treatment, corticosteroid medication (commonly called the term “steroid”).
Prof. Christine Lin at the University of Sydney has been studying sciatica treatments for more than 10 years at the University of Sydney.
Based on the findings of Prof. Lin, “Sciatica is a chronic pain disorder that is debilitating, and the majority of people have a slow time to heal. The OASIS study might help improve the method by which sciatica will be dealt with”.
It is expected that the OASIS study will involve hundreds of participants from across Australia. You can join the study by telehealth thus, no travel is required.
To find out more information or if you are interested in participating, call the study team on: (02) 8627 6267 or email:[email protected] or visit www.oasis-trial.com
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