Navigation Links
Study Shows No Standardized Approach to Epidural Steroid Injections for Back Pain
Date:1/28/2009

HONOLULU, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the American Academy of Pain Medicine's 25th Annual Meeting, researchers from University of California at San Diego report that no standardized practices exist for administering an epidural steroid injection for back pain. Researchers looked at many factors including: which steroids were given, the amount of steroid used, and whether or not a local anesthetic was mixed with the steroid.

Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are minimally invasive procedures used to treat pain in the neck, arms, back and legs caused by inflamed nerves. While injections in the lumbar (low back) region are low risk, injections in the thoracic (mid back) and cervical (neck) region have the risk of injury to the spinal cord and brain. It usually consists of a steroid diluted with sterile saline, and sometimes also addition of local anesthesia. Controversy exists on the long-term efficacy of this procedure to treat spine associated pain.

To compare currently taught techniques, Yogesh Patel, MD, and his colleagues at UCSD, identified and surveyed attending pain physicians at interventional pain programs in the United States about their protocols regarding ESI. Results showed that no standard protocols with regard to type of steroid, dose or use of local anesthesia exist. In fact, the data showed that while most physicians use a moderate volume and dose of steroid, some physicians are giving very high volumes (up to 10 cc) of steroids in areas such as the cervical epidural space. In limited enclosed areas like the cervical region that volume of medicine could lead to increased pressures which could potentially be painful for patients.

"Epidural steroid injections are an important and common option for the treatment of back pain. However, we found that a great variety of techniques are being used. There is no gold standard," said Dr. Patel, lead author of the study and resident at the University of California at San Diego. "Guidelines may need to be explored with regard to this procedure to increase the effectiveness and decrease risk when using this approach to treat pain."

Dr. Patel's study found there were differences from institution to institution regarding which steroid was preferred for these injections. The most common steroids identified for this procedure and respective dose ranges were: depomedrol (dose range 40-120 mg), celestone (dose range 6-15 mg), decadron (dose range 4-12 mg), and kenalog (dose range 10-80 mg).

"These variations in technique might affect why some patients get better results from ESI than others and may also explain good and poor outcomes. This needs to be explored further," Patel concluded.

    Poster Session Information (Poster 142)
    Begins: 3:30 PM (Hawaiian Time), Wednesday, January 28, 2009
    Ends: 10:00 AM (Hawaiian Time), Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Location: Coral Ballroom Foyer, Hilton Hawaiian Village

About the AAPM

For more than 25 years, the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) has been the medical specialty society representing more than 2,200 physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. The Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy and research in the specialty of pain medicine. Information is available on the practice of pain medicine at http://www.painmed.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Academy of Pain Medicine
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Dendreon Announces Publication of Phase 1 Study Highlighting Immunologic and Clinical Activity of Lapuleucel-T (Neuvenge(R)) in Advanced Breast Cancer Patients
2. EDAP Announces Launch of Clinical Study Combining HIFU and Chemotherapy for Localized Aggressive High Risk Prostate Cancer
3. Cephalon Announces Positive Results from a Pivotal Study of FENTORA in Opioid-tolerant Patients with Non-cancer Breakthrough Pain
4. Allos Therapeutics Initiates Study of PDX in Patients with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
5. Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) Partners with Novartis to Advance Phase II Study of Deacetylase Inhibitor
6. Potential Safety Issue Identified in Ongoing Phase 2 Clinical Study of HCV-796
7. Study Suggests High-Dose Fish Oil May Significantly Improve Behavior in Children with ADHD
8. MicroDose Announces Positive Results From the QDose Inhaled Insulin Glucose Clamp Study
9. Video: Landmark Study in The Lancet: Patients Treated With Betaseron(R) After First MS Attack Experienced Significant Delay in MS Progression
10. MacroGenics Begins Global Phase 2/3 Protege Study in Recent-onset Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
11. Sarasotas Roskamp Institute Releases Study Defining a Mechanism for Development of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome, Forerunners of Type 2 Diabetes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/2/2017)... Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) will ... 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Lilly will also ... investment community and media to further detail the company,s ... at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media and the ... conference call through a link that will be posted ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app is ... to reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app ... medicine intake and stepping down their dosage in a safe, ... in December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up ... http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... -- Commended for their devotion to personalized service, SMP Pharmacy Solutions ... in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing Companies, and ... the national specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  To that ... be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 Power Leader in ... receive his award in October, Bardisa said of the three ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and ... aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States and the loss of ... William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have six children, ten grandchildren, ... Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and carrier pilot, he spent ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As ... serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The company has developed ... consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has ... highest standard. , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics ... PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s ... of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):