Injections for Back Pain

7 day back pain cureAn increasingly common treatment advised by pain specialists are injections for back pain. However, only about half of people getting injections end up getting relief (which is only temporary) and the other half get no pain relief at all! Here is how it works:

The most common type of injection for back pain is an epidural of cortisone. Epidural simply refers to the location of the injection; in this case it is just outside the membrane covering the spinal cord. Cortisone, which is the substance injected, is a powerful steroid compound which acts as a strong anti-inflammatory. Nearly all injections for chronic pain relief are injections of anti-inflammatories, which is why the success rate is so poor.

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The first reason for the low success rate of injections for back pain is that they treat the symptoms and not the cause. In other words, the inflammation and pain may be reduced, but the reason the inflammation and pain exist in the first place is still untreated. The pain and inflammation will resurface as soon as the cortisone wears off.

Here is a brief story to help illustrate this point. Over the past few months, I had been getting really dry hands and the skin was beginning to crack and chafe, especially during the winter months. The dermatologist prescribed me some fancy creams, which helped for a little while, but the dry skin would always return sooner or later. i eventually discovered that my hands dried out the most during my morning routine, particularly from showering and during my ride in to work.

I figured out that the soap I was using plus the cold air were the two main factors contributing to my dry skin. I switched brands of soap and started wearing gloves outside and my dry skin disappeared completely and stayed that way even without the expensive cream!

To compare this to injections for back pain, epidurals are a lot like the prescription hand cream; both the epidurals and cream treat the symptoms rather than the cause. I was given a cream to treat my dry skin (the symptom) which was ineffective because the cause (a harsh soap and cold air) was not removed from the situation. Likewise, injections for back pain treat the symptoms (inflammation and pain) rather than the cause (muscle imbalances, poor motor control, poor posture, extended periods spent sitting, and so on). As a result, injections for back pain only provide temporary (at best) relief, much like the hand cream only temporarily helped out my dry skin.

The second reason back pain injections have a low success rate is because often pain may persist in the absence of inflammation. I covered this in depth in my chronic back pain treatment article. In short, chronic pains create a footprint on the brain which allows pain to persist even in the absence of inflammation. It is for this reason that half of back pain injections fail to provide any relief.

With that said, there is some merit to injections in the case of acute (short duration) severe back pain. In this situation, suffering can be relieved via an injection (if a doctor deems it is appropriate). However, the cause of the pain still needs to be addressed even in this situation.

I hope you have learned something about the use of injections for back pain. To find the underlying cause and appropriate treatments for your back pain, I strongly recommend The 7 Day Back Pain Cure. In this guide you will find ways to identify and treat the underlying cause of many different types of painful lower back injuries such as herniated discs and sciatica.

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