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Victory Pain Center Weighs in on Potential Risks of Steroid Injections
Date:7/22/2013

Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 22, 2013

For patients suffering from back pain, steroid injections are one form of treatment provided by Victory Pain Center. These injections can provide temporary relief for pain caused by a variety of medical conditions. But a recent article on Knoxville’s WATE reveals the results of a new study that show these injections may have a link to spinal fractures.

The study focused on the use of steroid injections in older adults who suffer from lower back and leg pain. While it is still unclear whether the treatment is to blame, the findings “suggest that older patients with low bone density should be cautious about steroid injections.” The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Steroid injections help to relive pain caused by compressed nerves. Causes often include herniated discs and spinal stenosis. While these anti-inflammatory drugs do ease pain, they also may lead to a decrease in bone density.

Dr. Shlomo Mandel, an orthopedic physician with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, was the lead researcher in the study. He noted that there were “a lot of limitations” to the study, and that he did not want to imply that people should not get the injections. The study used the medical records of “3,000 Henry Ford patients who had steroid injections for spine-related pain, and another 3,000 who got other treatments.” Of those patients, who averaged 66 years of age, 150 developed vertebral fractures. Dr. Mandel and his team found that those who received steroid injections had a 21 percent greater risk of developing a vertebral fracture with each round of injections.

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