Common Therapy Used to Treat Lower Leg and Back Pain has Questionable Efficacy
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California studied 269 patients who had sciatica due to a herniated disc. Two thirds were given an oral steroid and the other third received a placebo. Patients were assessed for pain and overall function after three weeks, and again at one year.
The researchers found a small, statistically significant improvement in function, favoring the steroid group, but no difference in pain scores. The patients receiving steroids experienced more side effects compared to placebo.
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