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Epidural Injections for Back Pain Cause Fractures
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A study at the Henry Ford Hospital found that epidural steroid injections for back pain increased the risk of fracture by 29% with each steroid injection. They compared 3000 patients with severe back pain who had at least one injection with 3000 control patients without an injection.

Steroids decrease absorption of calcium in the GI tract and increase excretion in the kidneys. This results in secondary hyperparathyoidism, decreased levels of estrogen and testosterone, which all predispose to bone breakdown and compression fractures.

Other alternatives should be considered to manage severe back pain that can include chiropractic, acupuncture, bodywork, imagery, infrared light therapy and much more. It is interesting that infrared light therapy accomplishes the same thing that an epidural injection does except it supports healing rather than suppressing it.

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Posted 5/19/2015 10:01:06 PM
Good point. While this is rather rare, it is a very serious problem. Just as an FYI, you may want to try infrared light therapy and/or pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. You can correspond with me at drlen@doctorsaputo.com if you wish. Regards, Dr. Len
Posted 5/19/2015 7:01:07 PM
what is not mentioned is that Epidural Steroid Injections are the number 1 cause of Arachnoiditis. This insidious condition is caused when the steroid penetrates the spinal cord and causes the Arachnoid layer of the spinal cord to attached to the nerves. Scar tissue builds up on the nerve roots causing horrible pain 24 hours a day. This pain can only be treated with strong opioids. These injections are a band aid at best yet the reason so many are done is the money made per injection, on average between $1500 and $2500 per injection. These injections are not FDA approved nor are the steroids for these injections. These are done "off label". Arachnoiditis cannot be cured! I have Adhesive Arachnoiditis caused by an injection. I spend every minute of my life in pain. I have been declared permanently disabled!

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