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

Barnsley, Les
July 2006
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 145 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
The article presents the author's comments on why the treatment of sciatica requires a multidisciplinary approach. According to the author, many patients had a clinical diagnosis and were treated with either a lumbar epidural corticosteroid injection administered without imaging guidance or an injection of normal saline into the interspinous ligament. The author states that many medical personnel regard an anatomical lesion on cross-sectional imaging as diagnostic for sciatica and a prerequisite for considering an epidural corticosteroid injection.


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