Monday, 16 June 2014

Epidural Corticosteroids for Sciatica: More Trouble Than They're Worth

The original article, with title as above, was published in Dynamic Chiropractic Canada in their June 2014 issue.  Dr. Deborah Pate writes that although this procedure fails to demonstrate evidence that it is helpful, it's use has dramatically increased over recent years.

23 randomized trials of over 2000 patients were analyzed in which epidurals for sciatica were compared to placebo.  Epidural steroid injections produced only small, insignificant, short term improvements.  Plus there are many risks involved including infection, bleeding, nerve damage and dural puncture (lining of the spinal cord).  Many side effects have also been related to the use of steroid medication.

Read the full article here: Epidural corticosteroids for sciatica

Invasive intervention should only be entertained once other, safer, generally non-invasive techniques have been exhausted.  These may include chiropractic care, massage therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and spinal decompression.  Visit our website for more information - Spinal Decompression Toronto