Steroid Injections for Back Pain
Choosing the right type of steroid injection depends on the source of back pain.

Steroid Injections for Back Pain

Steroid shots can reduce inflammation, providing relief for back pain from some, but not all, causes.

The spine consists of a column of bones (vertebrae), each of which has a cylindrical body with bony projections at the back. The cylindrical bodies are separated by shock absorbing cushions (disks). The bony projections connect each vertebra to the one above and below at small joints called facet joints. Just below the column of vertebrae, there's a triangular bone called the sacrum, which connects to the pelvic bones. This three- to four-inch long connection is called the sacroiliac joint.

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    In The News: February 2019

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    Download The Full February 2019 Issue PDF

    For some people, an injection of a corticosteroid (commonly called a steroid), which is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, can help relieve pain and other symptoms. But it's not right for everyone. Even when a steroid shot is appropriate, it is just one part of a...

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