12 doctors weighed in:
What is better for severe lower back pain, cortisone shots or oral steroids?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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 osteopathic manipulation.
Many people have obtained adequate relief from omm to be able to take little or no drugs for their low back pain. It might not be the answer in every case, but it's worth a shot before resorting to steroids.

In brief: 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 osteopathic manipulation.
Many people have obtained adequate relief from omm to be able to take little or no drugs for their low back pain. It might not be the answer in every case, but it's worth a shot before resorting to steroids.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. Timothy Bell
This is an excellent answer. Realign the vertebrae, increase the blood flow to the low back, gently stretch and add water and your body can "fix" itself.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
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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 better for people who have severe sciatica pain rather than back pain.

In brief: 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 better for people who have severe sciatica pain rather than back pain.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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