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Nerve root pain, caused by the compression of a nerve at the point that it leaves the spinal cord - often as a result of a slipped disc - is a less common condition and linked to sciatica.
Riew recommended that patients with nerve root pain who are without significant neurologic symptoms be offered nerve root blocks before surgical intervention.
Two patients experienced a transient flu-like reaction, and another described acute root pain for 60 seconds after being injected.