Positive or Negative?
Research results give conflicting results varying from “they work” to “they don’t work” to “they work 50/50”, we believe you can make a well informed decision as to your choice to incorporate them into your Oklahoma City back pain treatment plan or not. We believe there is a time and place for steroid injection treatments with a combination of gentle chiropractic care before and/or after an injection which may work best for you.
When Should I get a Shot?
Depending on your pain and symptoms and which type of doctor you ask, this answer will greatly vary, for example:
A primary doctor may give you a trial of medication, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and pain pills and then recommend an injection if that does not work.
An orthopedic doctor may recommend a trial of physical therapy and medications and an injection when that fails.
A pain management doctor may recommend an injection immediately and a second injection in 2-3 weeks.
**Steroid injections should be limited to just a few a year because there's a risk that these drugs might weaken your spinal bones and nearby muscles. This is not caused by the needle, but it is a possible side effect of steroids. The risk of these side effects increases with the number of steroid injections you receive.**
We believe that while each of the above recommendations address the inflammation/immediate pain, they do not address the actual cause of your inflammation. Non-invasive, conservative care (chiropractic, medication, hot and cold compresses, exercise, acupuncture, and physical therapy, etc) should be your first steps.
At Family Tree Complete Care, we generally never recommend an injection as the only form of therapy but instead as just one option in your individualized treatment plan which is designed for your unique needs to address and treat the actual cause of your inflammation and pain. We can help you! Please call us today at (405) 757-2577 to set up a free consultation to discuss your treatment options.