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Are Steroid Injections For Pain Safe?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jan 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many of my chronic-pain clients receive steroid injections.  This is especially true for those clients with back pain In fact, steroid injections seem to be a standard part of the conservative-treatment approach for bad backs.  Insurance companies seem to insist that doctors try injections and physical

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therapy before they will approve surgery.  Where surgery is not an option, doctors send patients to pain clinics. A prime feature of these clinics is steroid injections.

Two Things To Know About Steroid Injections

Most of the clients who are getting steroid injections say two things. First, the relief is temporary and second, the benefits diminish the more doctors repeat it.  Eventually, the shots are more or less useless.  Steroid injections being ineffective is one thing, Now comes new that these injections may actually be harmful.

New Research And New Issues

A new study found that steroid injections can actually make such conditions as osteoarthritis worse. In fact, having steroid injections can hasten the need for surgery to replace hips and knees. 

Why steroids harm bones and joints is not clear. Some researchers think that the steroids actually attack the cartilage that attaches to the bones and joints.

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Not surprisingly, doctors recommend a good diet, weight loss, and exercise rather than steroid injections. Easier said than done for people in chronic pain.

Talk To Your Doctor

As always, never stop any treatment without talking to your doctor. If you are getting steroid injections, talk to your doctor to see if it is the best treatment for you.

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About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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