Study questions efficacy of steroid shots for back pain

09/25/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Johns Hopkins researchers analyzed data from 43 studies and found little difference in back-pain relief between patients who got steroidal injections and those who got nonsteroidal epidural injections. Researchers suggested that while steroid injections may offer relief for a couple of months, the effect may be due to the local anesthetic and saline calming inflamed nerves rather than the drug itself. The study was published in the journal Anesthesiology.

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