Lumbar epidural corticosteroid injections provided only short-term relief of symptoms and pain in unilateral sciatica

July 2006
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 145 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
The article presents information on a study which determines that lumbar epidural corticosteroid injections are useful for short-term relief of symptoms and pain in unilateral sciatica. The study finds that exclusion criteria contains lumbar spine surgery, spinal canal stenosis, bleeding diathesis, use of anticoagulants and current litigation. The study shows that improvement in leg pain measured by the Likert scale was greater in epidural corticosteroid injection treated patients than in the placebo group at three weeks.


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