New drug to treat sciatic leg pain?

A drug hitherto used to treat raised levels of "tumour necrosis factor" in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, is being trialled on patients with sciatic leg pain (typically caused by an intervertebral disc injury pressing on a nerve root).

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)

At the moment, we only have strong anti-inflammatories (such as diclofenac sodium) or codeine based painkillers to treat the nasty pain of a bad sciatica. Hopefully, this new drug will add an important new option that doctors can offer patients with this unpleasant and very common problem.