STEROID INJECTIONS FOR LUMBAR STENOSIS ARE NOT EFFECTIVE

There have been many studies questioning the effectiveness of injectable steroids for spinal stenosis. I have written several blogs about this in the past. This current study showed that pain relief, if obtained lasted only 3 weeks. On the other hand, those injected with lidocaine (a local anesthetic) provided a longer lasting relief of pain. Researchers do not have an answer for this.

Their recommendations in treating spinal stenosis remains unchanged: oral pain killers, physical therapy and time. The lack of long term benefit with steroids should be considered when seeing a pain specialist.

 

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