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percutaneous periradicular infiltration

Introduction

The lumbar portion of the spine causes pain, suffering and disability more frequently than any other part of the body. In the past 20 years, the growing crisis of disability resulting from low back pain has led to the recognition that the problem cannot be solved by better or more frequent surgery . Some minimally invasive interventional procedures are able to relieve pain and to minimize the risk of disability. These procedures offer multiple possibilities of lumbosacral pain control to be associated, according to need, with conventional pain therapies. Nerve root inflammations are responsible for low back pain and sciatica. Percutaneous Periradicular Infiltration ( PPRI ) consists of an injection of steroids and anesthetic into the epidural space at the level of the pathological disk.