While there is much more work to do on this issue, this study confirms what is observable in the field insofar as the natural history of persons with back pain, who have been recipients of steroidal injections, and whose vetebral structures deteriorate over time. We already know that
the increase in the use of steoridal injections is well correlated with the increase in back surgeries, with or without appliances. We applaud these physicians for their investigative work and caution that much more epidemiologic work remains to confirm these findings and elucidate these results.
Corticosteroid side effects may cause weight gain, water retention, flushing (hot flashes), mood swings or insomnia, and elevated blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Any numbness or mild muscle weakness usually resolves within 8 hours in the affected arm or leg (similar to the facial numbness experienced after dental work). Patients who are being treated for chronic conditions (., heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis) or those who cannot temporarily discontinue anti-clotting medications should consult their personal physician for a risk assessment.