Epidural steroid injections are sometimes used as treatments for sciatica. The injections are administered by a doctor directly into the affected area of sciatic nerve pain. The corticosteroid medication in the injection helps relieve pain as well as reduce inflammation.
However, there is a controversy regarding the usefulness of epidural steroid injections in regards to their true effectiveness for treating sciatica. Some studies find that relief of sciatic nerve pain from the epidural steroid injections is short lived and that the shots don’t provide a lasting solution.
Additionally, corticosteroids are known to have side-effects. Therefore, the amount of epidural steroid injections a person can have is limited. Combine the limited number of injections allowed for an individual, with their short lasting effectiveness and it is easy to see why there is controversy over these injections. The risk of side-effects, the limited number of allowed injections and the fact that they only provide temporary relief suggests that epidural steroid injections are not the best treatment for sciatic nerve pain relief.
Filed under: Sciatic Nerve Problems
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