Mixed Results with Spinal Injections
If you’re suffering from back pain and thinking that an injection will be your panacea, you might want to rethink that. A new study suggests that steroid injections may not be any more beneficial than saline…the same solution I put my contact lenses in every night!
According to a foxnews.com article:
(Dr.) Cohen’s study involved 81 people who’d had sciatica for at least a month. The patients were in their early 40s, on average, and treated at one of four military medical centers and two civilian hospitals.
Study participants were split into three treatment groups. They were given two spinal injections, two weeks apart, of the steroid methylprednisolone, etanercept, or normal salty water, called saline. Neither the patients themselves nor the doctors treating them knew who got which type of injection.
At check-ins one month later, patients’ back and leg pain was reduced by a similar amount, regardless of which treatment they’d received. Their back pain scores fell by average of one to two points, and leg pain by two to four points, on a 10-point scale.
People who had gotten steroid or saline injections reported bigger improvements in how well they could get around and perform usual activities compared to those in the etanercept-injection group.
So…if you’re battling sciatica you can either inject yourself with a harmful steroid or saltwater. Either way, you’ll get the same results. Sound like a good plan of attack? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Another option is to get into an Egoscue clinic and eliminate why the nerve became impinged in the first place. You can take back control of your health and learn exactly what to do, why to do it, and when to do it. Sound like a good plan of attack? That’s what I thought!
If you have questions about Egoscue, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give our clinic a call at 615.771.8556. You’ll thank yourself for it.
QUESTION: Which option would you choose–Steroids, saline, or Egoscue?