WVU in the News: Experimental new treatment showing promise for those who suffer from sciatica

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is potential new help for people who suffer with sciatica — back and leg pain that can be debilitating. It’s an experimental treatment for sciatica that’s using a common medicine for blood pressure, but with a special twist.

Linda Triplett says, just walking to get to her granddaughter caused excruciating pain.

“There were days I couldn’t get up, couldn’t walk, couldn’t get out of bed,” Triplett said.

She was diagnosed with sciatica, a condition that millions suffer from that causes shooting pain down the leg.

“Sciatica is when you have inflammation of the nerves in your back,” said Dr. Ali Rezai, of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

Watch the video clip from CBS