Do Steroid Injections Work For Sciatica and Chronic Back Pain?
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm
San Francisco Chronic Back Pain Center Comments:
Sciatica is one of the most common presentations at our San Francisco chronic back pain center. So, I thought it was appropriate to post on this article I came across on WebMD. The article is about a prominent neurology group that questions the use of steroid injections for the treatment of chronic back pain and sciatica. Here is an excerpt:
In reaching its conclusion, the American Academy of Neurology's Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee reviewed four studies on epidural steroid injections for back pain with sciatica.
Based on the findings, epidural steroid shots are not recommended for long-term back pain relief, improving back function, or preventing back surgery, write neurology professor and subcommittee member Carmel Armon, MD, MHS, and colleagues.
My experience has been that steroid injections provide temporary relief at best. Anyway, draw your on conclusions.
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