Steroid Shots Give Little Help for Treating Chronic Back Pain

July 7, 2014 4:25 AM

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Steroid shots may help in treating chronic back pain. However, a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that for many patients, the shots were not so effective for reducing pain.

Lead study author Janna Friedly, M.D., who is also an assistant professor in rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, examined patients who received corticosteroid injections in combination with local anesthetic or just a local anesthetic.

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