Steroid shots for back, leg pain has few benefits: Study

July 5, 2014 4:10 AM

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Steroid shots for back, leg pain has few benefits: Study

A widely used method of treating a common cause of back and leg pain — steroid injections for spinal stenosis — may provide little benefit for many patients, according to a new study that experts said should make doctors and patients think twice about the treatment.

The study, the largest randomised trial evaluating the treatment, found that patients receiving a standard stenosis injection — which combines a steroid and a local anaesthetic — had no less pain and virtually no greater function after six weeks than patients injected with anaesthetic alone. The res...

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