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Thinking about a steroid injection for back pain?

Joyce McCown @moonshadowpress

Joyce McCown @moonshadowpress

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that steroid spinal injection reduced low back pain at one month, but not at three months, six months and 12 months. (1)
Moreover, each steroid injection increases the risk of spinal fracture by 21 percent. (2)
This treatment may provide temporary pain relief, but may also have serious side effects.
Have you tried all things conservative? Have you tried chiropractic?
(1) Nguyen C, Boutron I, Baron G, et al. Intradiscal glucocorticoid injection for patients with chronic low back pain associated with active discopathy: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med, 2017;166:547-556.
(2) Mandel S, Schilling J, Peterson E, et al. A retrospective analysis of vertebral body fractures following epidural steroid injections. J Bone Joint Surg (U.S.), 2013;95:961-4.

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