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Posted on 11-22-2013

Epidural Steroid Injections Under Fire

Despite the fact that Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs) have never been FDA-approved for spinal use, they are currently the most popular treatment of lower back pain in the U.S, performed nearly 9 million times a year. Yet there are growing rumblings among the public and professional community alike, culminating in a widely-discussed Dr. Oz "investigative ...journalism" show on ESIs in May.

As Dr. Oz discussed, possible side effects of ESIs include thinning of the skin, easy bruising, weight gain, puffiness of the face, acne, elevation of blood pressure, cataract formation, thinning of the bones (osteoporosis), and a rare but serious type of damage to the bones of the large joints (avascular necrosis).

Thankfully, these growing concerns with ESIs are yet another reason people are turning away from these invasive procedures and may be more open to holistic joint and pain treatment, like that offered by Chiropractic.

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