Review: Steroid shots offer limited benefit for sciatica

11/13/2012 | HealthDay News

Steroid injections into the spine, such as those tied to an outbreak of fungal meningitis, provide only small, short-term relief for sciatica-related leg and back pain, according to a review of 23 clinical trials involving more than 3,100 patients. "Given that the treatment effect is likely to be small and short term, patients with sciatica should discuss the potential risks involved in [steroid injections] with their doctor before agreeing to the procedure," according to the study co-author. The study appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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