Epidurals are NOT FDA Approved for Spine Injections
There are over 9 million epidurals performed in our country each year. The steroids used for injections for epidurals are NOT, repeat NOT FDA approved for spine injections. If injected improperly it can result in severe pain, even paralysis and death. The difficulty is in the fact that the epidural must be perfectly executed by the physician. The needle must not penetrate the dura, and if it hits or accidentally penetrates beyond the dura, significant health issues can and do occur. Furthermore, each injection is expensive, ranging usually from $1,000 to $2,000 and once again, the effectiveness is limited and the steroid is NOT FDA approved for spinal injections.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SOURCES REGARDING EPIDURALS
Investigative Report on The Dangers of Epidurals (Source Dr. Oz Show)
“Try Other Options First” (Source: Consumer Reports)
People with lower-back pain have several options for potential relief, including spinal manipulation, massage, medication, surgery, and simply letting time pass. But steroid injections are an increasingly popular option for lower-back pain—even though the Food and Drug Administration has not approved them for this use.
Because of the limited known benefits of the shots so far and the potential risks, our consultants say it’s best to try noninvasive measures first. “The vast majority of patients with their first episode of lower-back pain or sciatica will be better within four to six weeks with conservative treatment alone,” says Richard W. Rosenquist, M.D., a professor of anesthesia and director of the pain medicine division at the University of Iowa.
Conservative treatments include medication, hot and cold compresses, physical therapy, exercise, and nontraditional therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and spinal manipulation. (CR readers rated hands-on therapies in a recent survey as some of the most effective treatments for their lower back pain.)
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