The Dark Side of ESI (Epidural Steroid Injections) by J. Hunter Owen D.C.

It’s the latest craze . . . everyone is doing it . . .  Epidural Steroid Injections for low back pain.  Well, here are a few things about them that I bet you probably haven’t heard . . .

  1. Epidural Steroid Injections treat the symptom (pain), not the cause! It’s the same thing as having a thorn in your foot, and taking anti-inflammatory to make it feel better, without removing the thorn. The pain in your low back is not because you’re running low on anti-inflammatory drugs.
  2. Epidural Steroid Injections are harmful and dangerous, especially done over and over. Even one steroid injection can cause permanent bone loss and increase chance of spinal fracture by 21%.  Among other side effects are joint damage, weight gain, auto immune disorders, infections, nerve damage, paralysis, stroke, and yes even death.
  3. Epidural Steroid Injections into your spine for pain is not approved by the FDA. That’s right, Dr’s will do what’s called “off label” use, meaning they side-step FDA approval.  Why doesn’t the FDA just approve it and make it “on label”? . . . see # 2 above!

It never ceases to amaze me how willingly people will not only avoid correcting the cause, but do more harm than good when trying to get rid of pain.

Pain is not your problem!

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