Evidence just keeps mounting. The benefits of epidural steroid injections (ESIs) may not be worth the risk. In fact, over a year ago, the FDA issued a warning that this popular treatment for back and neck pain can actually be dangerous, resulting in “rare but extremely adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death.”
Other experts have found an association between ESIs and increased blood sugar in patients with diabetes, slow wound healing, and accelerated bone loss, particularly in older women.
Not a pretty picture. But before we get carried away with anti-steroid fever, let’s […]