Steroid injections prove effective in the treatment of lumbar disc herniations, researchers say

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) 11 February 2012 The use of epidural steroid injections may be an effective treatment option for lumbar disc herniations, a...


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) 11 February 2012

The use of epidural steroid injections may be an effective treatment option for lumbar disc herniations, according to research that. Today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicines Specialty Day in San Francisco

Our study showed an 89% success rate in athletes return after suffering an injury during practice or a game, commented lead author Aaron J. Krych, MD, of the Mayo Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. These injections are a safe initial therapy in athletes who can no neurological deficits, they may reduce the effect of physical therapy sooner and reduces the time a player misses.

herniated disc is often a back injury in sports such as soccer that involve direct contact and sometimes jumping or pivoting.

The study examined 17 cases of professional American football player from a team between 2003 and 2010. Participants received injections consisting of 80-160 mg triamcinolone and anesthesia, with an average loss of 2.8 practices and 0.6 games.

While we look forward to the positive results seen with this treatment, they will not be seen as a panacea, warned Dr. Krych. At the end of the day, certain injuries still require surgery and long-term recovery.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding member of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to overuse and traumatic injuries in children to prevent. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit http://www.sportsmed.org or http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org.

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