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Sciatica: Steroid injections vs PiezoWave Therapy

If you have nerve inflammation causing pain, discomfort, radiating pain and/or numbness down the leg you will likely be offered a steroid injection. Epidural steroid injections are given to reduce inflammation in the nerves that pass through the spinal canal. Patients are unaware that Piezowave therapy also known as myofascial acoustic compression therapy is another treatment option that is non-invasive and does not have side effects like steroid injections. “Sciatica,” is a common diagnosis that is used to describe injury or compression of the sciatic nerve.

Dr. Alison Stout of the Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Rehabilitation Care Services, Veterans Administration said: “Epidural steroid injection has been used as a treatment for low back pain for over 50 years. In the last 10 to 15 years, there has been a significant increase in (their use) for the treatment of low back pain and radicular pain without clear improvements in outcomes.”

As a chronic pain specialists I see many patients with radiating lower back pain. When I first examine new patients I make sure they have the proper diagnosis. If you really have sciatica Piezowave is an acoustic pulse that penetrates to a depth of .5mm and 3 cm influencing nerve irritation to heal. If epidural steroid injections have failed then I recommend a trial of the safe and effective Piezowave therapy.

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