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

Dr. Andrew Shoenfeld, “The findings do not prove that the injections themselves caused the fractures.” He wrote a commentary that was published with the study. He noted that the findings may apply more to older adults with decreased bone mass, as opposed to younger adults, or those with normal bone mass.

Steroid injections are not effective for treating all forms of spine-related pain. For those suffering from pain caused by a herniated disc that is pressing on a nerve, injections are often beneficial. But for someone with spinal stenosis, they may not provide as much relief. Dr. Mandel and Dr. Schoenfeld both agreed that steroid injections can help with certain types of spine-related pain. They said that “older patients who have already found leg-pain relief from steroid injections may want to stick with them. But they should at least be aware of the potential fracture risk.” Other treatment options include physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and drugs that target nerve pain. These are more conservative methods of treatment.

“It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with any form of treatment,” said a representative of Victory Pain Center. “Every treatment has risks and benefits and it is up to the physician to make sure that patients are well informed. People respond differently to various drugs and injections, so what works for one might not work for another. We make sure that we look at each case individually and work with the patient to determine the most effective course of treatment.” The professionals at Victory Pain Center use a variety of methods to help with pain management.

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Victory Pain Center is an interventional pain management center located in southern Florida. They treat patients who range in age from teenagers to seniors.
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