Treating Chronic Low Back Pain With Injections: Latest Research
Injection therapy for back pain typically involves administering shots of substances such as cortisone, liquid ibuprofen, morphine and vitamin B12 into the back. Depending on the specifics of a patient’s pain, these medications may be injected into the space around the spinal cord, or into or near the structures thought to be causing pain, for example the facet joints of the vertebrae. Injection therapy is considered an appropriate treatment approach for chronic or persistent pain, but not for acute pain.
While relatively easy to administer and less invasive than surgery, research suggests that injections for chronic low back pain appear to have only temporary results. An article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in May 2013 referenced studies that concluded “ […] there is almost no evidence that the shots ease most people’s pain long term, even after multiple injections.” Additional studies suggest that injections do not significantly lower the likelihood of needing surgery to address chronic low back pain later on.
Although rare, there are risks associated with spinal injections, including nerve damage, paralysis and stroke. One potential complication is arachnoiditis — an inflammation of a membrane that surrounds the nerves of the spinal cord, causing pain, nerve damage and bowel and bladder dysfunction.
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