A recent study has concluded that steroid injections may not be effective for treating back pain. 133 patients with back pain were given a treatment regimen of either steroid injections, saline injections or a placebo. After twelve weeks there was little difference in any of the patients back pain.(1)
So patients yet again are left to wonder what treatment may or may not be appropriate for them. I have found many patients have benefited from steroid injections. So in my practice I always advise the patients to talk to their medical doctor and consider steroid injections as a part of their treatment plan.
I'm a chiropractor and I love helping people out of pain and on the road to better health. I have seen many studies that proclaim Chiropractic care does wonders for patients then tomorrow another study says it doesn't. So I take every study with a grain of salt, and I can testify that I have seen patients get benefit from steroid injections. Many patients have so much inflammation they need the help from meds or injections in addition to Chiropractic manipulation.
If you have sciatica or lower back pain you should come see us and get back to doing what you love. Chiropractic is safe and effective without a lot of side effects. If you need medications to help with the pain you should talk to your doctor. You will find out that sometimes both Chiropractic and medicine make for a faster recovery time.
If you are in the Rolla MO or St. James MO area and you have back pain. Give us a call. We are easy to talk to and you wil find out how great it feels to be out of pain.
Diener, Hans-Christoph. “Low Back Pain: Time to Put Down the Needle?” Medscape. October 21, 2011. Accessed January 3, 2012. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/751916.