Welcome to the NERVES Trial 

NERVES is a randomised controlled trial to compare the clinical and cost effectiveness of transforaminal epidural steroid injection to surgical microdiscectomy for treatment of sciatica caused by a prolapsed intervertebral disc.

The trial is funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Health Technology Assessment Programme and is sponsored by The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust. The day to day running of the trial is being coordinated by the team at the Clinical Trials Research Centre, part of the Liverpool Trials Collaborative.

NERVES opened for recruitment on 04/03/2015 at the Walton Centre, it recruited its first patient on 06/03/2015 and its last patient on 21/12/2017 having exceeded it's recruitment target, achieving a total of 163 recruited patients.


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