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What are some pros and cons for cortisone shots vs surgery for back pain

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andras Perl
41 years experience Internal Medicine
It depends...: The choice in selecting cortisone versus surgery for back pain depends on the cause of back pain. Inflammation is best treated with anti-inflammatorie ... Read More
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Dr. Gabor Racz
22 years experience Anesthesiology
It depends......: If steroid helps may have a second or even a third 1-2 weed apart limit to avoid steroid bad effects. Surgery when it works is good but the wrong ... Read More

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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Try Manipulation: Before resorting to steroid shots or systemic steroids, i would strongly suggest finding a do who specializes in treating low back pain with osteopath ... Read More
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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See below: There is no clear answer to this. Sometimes, i will give patients oral steroids for a week if they have severe back pain. Epidural steroid shots work ... Read More
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Both are the same: Cortison shots or oral steroids, one taken by mouth and the injected for faster relief.For acute attack i prefer the injections.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
15 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Ask your spine : Surgeon. You need to consult with a well-trained spine surgeon to evaluate you and review your images, and review all options with you. If you have a ... Read More
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Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN
18 years experience Pain Management
Nerve damage: Great question... Its very important to treat pain and to prevent nerve damage. There are multiple ways to treat a herniated disc. They include: weig ... Read More
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Surgery: If conservative options such as steroid injections or therapy do not help, in appropriately indicated patients surgery can significantly alleviate the ... Read More
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Dr. Carl Spivak
27 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
I : I would recommend seeing a naturopathic doctor. These medications/treatments are not commonly done by spine doctors or surgeons. Good luck!
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Psoosibly!: I you have true L5 or s1 pain without numbness, absolutely. Numbess is next in likelyhood, and if you hve musclar weakness, or foot drop, even surgic ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Tends to improve: Hard to answer that question but in my experience snapping hip syndrome tends to improve w/ time. Occassionally 'snapping hip' is misdiagnosed or in c ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Maybe: Cortisone injections (why 3?...There is no standard to do 3 shots.) can help the inflammatory process of the nerve roots irritated by the disc hernita ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Kindred
13 years experience Sports Medicine
Sometimes: Sometimes it can get better on its own or with a splint. If that is not helping than often a cortisone shot can be very helpful.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
2 or 3: Studies have shown that injecting the elbow makes it may likely that the tennis elbow will recur. After 2 or 3 injections it is time to consider other ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Prob. not: Nodular tenosynovitis of the a1 pulley of your flexor tendon of your thumb(fpl) , or 'trigger thumb' is very common and can be both painful and disabl ... Read More

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