Can Spinal Injections Break Your Back?

Recent research has discovered a correlation between epidural steroid injections (ESIs) and spinal fracture. One study has shown a 21% increase in the risk of a patient experiencing a spinal fracture or cracked back bone after receiving an epidural steroid injection. The scary part is that over 9 million people receive these injections every year for spinal related pain.

As you can imagine, spinal fractures are very PAINFUL. They require significant treatment and some patients must even undergo surgery to stabilize the fracture. If you are currently experiencing back pain and you are considering getting an ESI, know that you can reduce your risk of experiencing a fracture and get the relief that you desire through more conservative means.

Research has shown that spinal adjustments are one of the best care options at your disposal for reducing your pain, increasing your function and improving your overall quality of life.

Spinal adjustments are the primary method that chiropractors utilize when caring for people with back pain. Chiropractors focus on correcting the underlying cause of back pain. Tiny misalignments in your spine can put pressure on discs and nerves, leading to nerve and muscle irritation, swelling and a general lack of spinal motion.

A shot does not correct the cause of this pain. At best it will only temporarily masks the symptom, a little like putting a piece of electrical tape on the check engine light in your car.

When it comes to back and neck pain, the smart choice is to have your spine checked for misaligned spinal bones and adjusted by a chiropractor.

▪ New research has indicated a 21% increased risk of spinal fracture following an epidural injection.

▪ A fracture, or broken back, can cause tremendous pain and even result in surgery.

▪ Seeking conservative treatment first, such as Chiropractic care, is recommended over riskier spinal injections.

If you have a friend that is experiencing back or neck pain share this research with them. If you are experiencing back or neck pain and would like more information on a safe and effective method for managing your pain, give us a call. We are here for you!

Science Source:

Spinal Manipulation Post-epidural Injection for Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy: A Retrospective Case Series. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. September 2004

Symptomatic MRI-Confirmed Lumbar Disk Herniation Patients: A Comparative Effectiveness Prospective Observational Study of 2 Age- and Sex-Matched Cohorts Treated with Either High-Velocity, Low Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy or Imaging-Guided Lumbar Nerve Root Injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. May 2013

A Retrospective Analysis of Vertebral Body Fractures Following Epidural Steroid Injections. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. June 2013

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