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FDA Warns Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Back, Neck Pain May Result in Rare but Serious Adverse Events

Many people who have pain in the back or neck, as well as pain radiating into the legs or arms, are treated with injectable corticosteroids. Injected into the epidural space of the spine, the injections are done to reduce swelling and inflammation, and, ultimately, temporarily relieve pain or discomfort.

But the U.S. Food […]

Spinal Stenosis Patients Might Want to Avoid Treatments with Steroid Injection, According to New Study

Spinal stenosis patients treated with epidural steroid injections might fare worse than patients who are not treated with the injections, according to a study in the Feb. 15, 2013 journal Spine.

That seems to be the case whether or not the patient later undergoes surgery.

Steroid injections are commonly used to treat spinal stenosis […]

Exercise May Diminish Nerve-related Pain

Neuropathic pain, a common and difficult-to-treat pain caused by nerve damage, responds positively to exercise, according to a study in the June 2012 scientific journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Exercise, according to the animal study, works by reducing inflammation-promoting substances, called cytokines.

The option of this nondrug treatment for neuropathic pain is good news […]