Lower Back Pain? Try an Epidural Steroid Injection

Research shows effective results for treating lumbar radicular painĀ 

Doctor performing epidural anesthesia in the operating room

Epidural steroid injections were found to be effective in treating lumbar radicular pain.

During the International Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida last August, Dr. Timothy P. Maus, MD, presented new research which shows that single lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections are clinically effective in treating lumbar radicular pain.

Previously, single lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESIs) were only found to be effective in smaller trials for the treatment of lumbar radicular pain. Observational trials had no more than 250 participants, while explanatory trials had fewer than 100 people in active treatment.

Maus and his colleagues looked at the results from 2,024 patients who underwent single lumbar TFESIs, with assessments made before and two weeks after receiving the treatment, and again after two months. They found substantial reductions in pain using a pain numerical rating scale and the Roland-Morris disability questionnaire.

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