While there is much more work to do on this issue, this study confirms what is observable in the field insofar as the natural history of persons with back pain, who have been recipients of steroidal injections, and whose vetebral structures deteriorate over time. We already know that
the increase in the use of steoridal injections is well correlated with the increase in back surgeries, with or without appliances. We applaud these physicians for their investigative work and caution that much more epidemiologic work remains to confirm these findings and elucidate these results.
Nerve damage. This occurs in only about one in every 10,000 cases but could happen if the doctor accidentally jabs a nerve during the procedure. Nerve damage could result in incontinence, chronic back pain and, in rare instances, paralysis.
print Source: David Borenstein, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, with a private practice at Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates based in Chevy Chase, Rockville and Wheaton, Maryland, and Washington, DC. The author of Heal Your Back (M. Evans & Company), Dr. Borenstein is also the host of Speaking of Health with Dr. B , a weekly radio program on . Date: April 1, 2013 Publication: Bottom Line Health