Smart Woman: New Research

Smart Woman: New Research

An estimated 2.2 steroid epidurals are given to older Americans each year to relieve back pain. Now, a new study in the New England Medical Journal questions the practice.
IS THIS HOW YOU FEEL?

-Severe back pain to the point where walking is a chore.

DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH A SPINAL DISORDER?

Maria Traill, a patient at UCLA Spine Center, who has lumbar spinal stenosis says, "Ballroom dancing is a huge part of my life. I've no longer been able to do it." Like many people with this condition, she's been getting epidural steroid injection to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain.

Maria Traill's says that she was injected "three times and all three times it lasted less than a week before the pain started coming back."

A NEW STUDY QUESTIONS THE BENEFIT OF STEROID INJECTIONS FOR THE SPINAL DISORDER.

Researchers found after six weeks, injections that combine BOTH epidural steroids and anesthetic lidocaine offer the same relief as lidocaine alone.

Dr. Nick Shamie from UCLA Spine Center says, "This study shows that the steroids is not the reason why patients are getting this significant relief. it could just be the lidocaine itself."

Spinal stenosis effects people as they age. The spinal canal narrows and compresses the nerves. 

Dr. Nick Shamie, UCLA Spine Center says, "with the baby boomers getting older, we're going to see this problem more and more commonly"

Maria Traill, who is 51, is enough with the injections and will get surgery with the hopes of getting her life back.

Some doctors suggest the injections offer relief by simply irrigating the area around the nerves, effectively washing away whatever is causing the inflammation.
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