oa South African Medical Journal - Sciatic and analogous root pains and their treatment by paravertebral injection

Volume 28, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A survey of sciatic and allied neuralgias is presented with reference to etiology, symptomatology, diagnosis and treatment. The predominant role of disc disorders as a factor is discussed. The claims for conservative treatment versus early operation are considered. The result of treatment by paravertebral injections of 'proctocaine' is recorded. This shows relief of acute pain in the majority of cases and early rehabilitation in a number; and where there has been a relapse, further treatment on the same lines has been followed by satisfactory results.

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