Steroid Shots Disappoint In Spinal Stenosis Study for Chronic Back Pain

July 5, 2014 12:59 PM

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Steroid Shots Disappoint In Spinal Stenosis Study for Chronic Back Pain

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 addition of a corticosteroid to epidural injections of an anesthetic does not enhance pain reduction in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, according to a study in the July 3 issue of New England Journal of Medicine. The findings come from the first major clinical trial comparing epidural inje...

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