Study finds little benefit, some harm from steroid shots for back pain

July 3, 2014 7:58 PM

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Those who received the drug mixed with the painkiller lidocaine scored no better on measures of disability and leg pain after six weeks than patients in a control group who received lidocaine injection alone.

"These (injections) are so commonly used and the steroids do pose an added risk to patients without much benefit," the study’s lead author Dr. Janna Friedly of the University of Washington in Seattle told Reuters Health. "I do hope patients and their doctors will be more cautious about using them” f...

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