West Des Moines Sunday afternoon chatter:
“The Patriots are the best football team in the league!”
“No way! The Vikings are the best!”
Can you just hear it?
Well, those kind of opinions are thrown around amongst spine researchers, doctors, and patients, too, when it comes to the epidural steroid injection benefit. No one agrees. We at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa want to share with you some of the opinions out there, so you can make an educated decision as to your choice to incorporate them into your West Des Moines back pain treatment plan or not should they be offered as an adjunct to your care.
“They Don’t Work!”
In a comparison study of true caudal epidural steroid injections to saline injections, neither is recommended for chronic lumbar radiculopathy. (1)
Intradiscal injections of anti-inflammatory corticosteroid relieves low back pain in Modic Type I disc changes. (2)
Now, Modic type 1 disc changes are early changes in the degenerative process. So it [may well be|might be|looks like it is]11] good to use steroids early on in your pain cycle.
Let’s talk at your next West Des Moines chiropractic appointment. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa has the experience in conservative back pain relief you are seeking.
“They Work 50/50!”
Caudal epidural injections with local anesthetic regardless of the use of steroids might be effective in patients with disc herniation or radiculitis. One study shares that the steroids may be better at a one year follow-up than the anesthetic by itself. (3)
A COMBINATION: chiropractic & EPIDURAL SPINAL INJECTION
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa has seen West Des Moines back pain suffers find relief when an experienced pain management doctor, and our chiropractic spinal manipulation are combined. After proper diagnosis and injection site is determined by the pain management doctor, we get to work on your back with our non-surgical, gentle spinal manipulation - The Cox Technic. See the following summary of the benefits epidural spinal injection and West Des Moines’s chiropractic method can produce.
chiropractic spinal manipulation combined with epidural steroid injection is proven to be safe and aid in the treatment of patients with radiculopathy – arm pain or leg pain – with the spine being the origin of the pain. As a matter of fact, in a study of 80 patients treated and followed for one year, there were no adverse effects from the spinal manipulation (flexion distraction with high velocity low amplitude adjusting) though there were three adverse effects with the epidural injections. But, chiropractic treatment after epidural steroid injections is a safe, non-surgical option. (4)
Your spine is your own. Your spine’s condition is unique to you, and Executive Chiropractic of Iowa helps West Des Moines back pain sufferers get rid of lower back pain all the time! We can help you.
Read more about epidural steroids. Talk with your pain doctor and your chiropractic professional here at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa so that we may work as a team for your back pain relief plan be that with epidural steroids, or without. Contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today to discuss these or to get your post-epidural steroid injection appointment scheduled today.