For Back Pain, Steroid Shots No More Effective Than Placebo

  • tokugawa

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    May 01, 2012 12:21 PM GMT
    A randomized trial of steroid injections for back pain has shown that they are no more effective than a placebo.

    Because the long-term benefits of surgery remain unproven and pain medicines often have serious side effects, doctors have increasingly turned to steroid injections to treat lumbosacral radiculopathy, a common cause of back pain. The condition stems from damage to the discs between the vertebrae that often leads to sciatica, numbness or pain in the legs.

    full story: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/for-back-pain-steroid-shots-no-more-effective-than-placebo/
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    May 01, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    Proper diet, lots of hydration (water), and a plethora of core exercises cured my sciatica from two herniated disks.

    Drugs did nothing for the pain.
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:10 AM GMT
    Physiotherapy should help with a ridiculopathy as they can help to mobilise the spinal segments