Periradicular therapy (PRT) may be an option for the treatment of herniated discs as in the best case, it reduced the need for an operation. Usually, it will be done when conservative therapies alone (such as physiotherapy) have shown no or little improvement. However, it can also be used to quickly alleviate acute pain fast and effectively. For this, an injection of anesthesia will be given directly into the affected nerve root.
The correct puncture position for the needle is found using x-rays. Once the doctor has found the exact position, you may feel a short irritation.
Anti-inflammatory medication can also be administered into the nerves along with the anesthesia. The pain is often reduced immediately after the injection. After a short observation from our team, you are free to leave the practice.
After the treatment, you should usually continue with your physiotherapy or start with it. Your pain will generally improve after one or many sessions during which the medication is administered to the nerve root. Thus, you may be able to avoid the need for a disc or spine operation.