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The aim of this article is to analyse if there is a role for benzodiazepines in the treatment of lumbar disc prolapse with acute sciatica in patients who are not candidates for surgery and would usually be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents plus physiotherapy.
This study is a prospective, randomised, double-blind clinical trial. Sixty patients (26 women, 34 males, median age of 42 years) were divided into an intervention and control group between August 2002 and March 2006. The control group were treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents plus physiotherapy (plus placebo) while the intervention group received the same therapy plus diazepam (2–5 mg). Inclusion criteria included: patients between ages 18 and 75 years, sciatica with or without neurological …