Are Epidural Injections Worth the Risk?
Aside from back surgery, epidural steroid injections are one of the most common treatments for chronic back pain. Unfortunately, epidurals also come with a fair share of negative side effects. Many studies have shown that epidural injections may only provide temporary relief from back pain, which begs the question, “are epidural injections worth the risk?”
What are Epidural Injections Used For?
Since the 1950s, epidural injections have been a widely practiced pain relief method used to treat sciatic pain, nerve damage, herniated discs, degenerative discs and other back pain conditions. During the procedure, steroids are injected directly into the spine, reducing inflammation, which may decrease pain and speed up the muscle’s healing process. However, epidurals work by masking, not relieving, the pain.They work by decreasing perception to pain.
Most epidural injection procedures are a relatively routine practice, only lasting from 15 to 30 minutes. However, in many cases, injections have been found to be invasive, risky, and even ineffective.
What are the risks involved with epidural injections?
Besides the sheer fact that epidural injections simply may not work, they also come with a few unintended side effects. In fact, in April, 214, the FDA released a statement communicating the possible side effects of steroid injections which have never approved injections for the spine, hip, or other areas. Click here to read their full statement.
Possible side effects of epidurals include:
- nerve damage
- muscle spasms
- spinal abscess and infection
- heart attack
- and more
Current review of data from multiple studies was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The outcome of the review was there is limited evidence of relief and the benefits were small and not sustained from treatment with steroid injections
and offered the about the same amount of temporary relief as placebos for back and leg pain.
Non-Invasive Back Pain Relief in The Villages, FL
Treating patients without surgery, epidurals or other invasive procedures has been a goal of Dr. Davis and his team at Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, FL. Utilizing the DRS Protocol/spinal decompression treatment for back pain and neck pain, the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic has successfully treated patients who were told that surgery or epidurals were their only hope for relief.
If you’ve been told that surgery or epidural injections are your only options, contact us today at (352) 430-2121 to find out if you’re a candidate for the DRS Protocol.