"Steroid Injections Didn't Offer Further Relief From Back Pain"

Steroid treatment combined with local anesthetic did not improve spinal stenosis back pain when compared to anesthetic alone

(dailyRx News) As people age, many changes take place in their body. For some, one of those changes might be spinal stenosis, which can potentially lead to pain in the back and legs.

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of open spaces in the spinal column. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal cord and other nerves.

To deal with the pain caused by spinal stenosis, many people receive steroid shots. These shots carry the risk of infection, nerve damage and thinning of skin and tissue around the injection site, among other things.

And those risks may not be worth the benefit, according to a new study. The researchers found no difference in pain between patients who received the steroids and those who received a simple anesthetic.

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