Sorry: Steroid injections aren’t going to help your lower back pain

A new study has found that steroid injections into your lower back will help relieve the pain in certain patients, but unfortunately, it’s only going to last for a short time.

Lower back pain that is related to a herniated disk or a narrowing of the spinal canal can cause tremendous pain, and is often treated with an epidural steroid injection, according to a HealthDay News report.

However, it appears that such injections aren’t as effective as had been previously thought, said Dr. Roger Chou, who is a professor of medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University and the lead researcher on the project, according to the report.

Usually, lower back pain improves without treatment over time, although patients often ask for more short-term relief. This creates a perception that patients don’t need surgery, which many times is incorrect.


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