If you want to know how to inject steroids , the first thing you need to know is how to prepare for the injection. You know you need to stick it into the muscle tissue, and we’ll go into the specifics of that later on, but there’s more to it than that. There are eight specific steps you need to follow when injecting anabolic steroids, and while that may sound like a lot the whole process shouldn’t take but a minute. Failure to follow these eight remarkably simple steps can result in complications such as infections or simply very uncomfortable injections, and an unnecessarily sore injected area.
The new study randomized 40 patients to get either a steroid shot or PRP injection via ultrasound guidance. The patients were then followed only short-term up to three months (which is a weakness of this study). Back pain was less with PRP at six weeks and three months. Only 25% of the patients who had a steroid injection were still experiencing significant relief at three months compared to 90% of the PRP group. Functional scores worsened at three months for the steroid group while these same scores improved gradually for the PRP group. In summary, PRP beat steroid in this small study.
The sciatic nerve runs from the spine down both legs and into the feet. This is why pain “radiates” from the lower back to the toes, it is following the path of the nerve. When epidurals fail, it is because they are solely treating the symptom of inflammation and not the root of the problem, why is the nerve getting inflamed? In most of the patients we see it is damage or weakness in the ligaments that hold the spine together, allowing for excessive movement in the vertebrae that traps or impinges the spinal nerves. The spine is a complex, complicated structure. This is why there are so many diagnostic labels to describe the patient with lower back pain and why many doctors find it difficult to come up with an accurate diagnosis. While there are many causes of back pain, it is estimated that 70% of all cases of lower back pain are caused by ligament problems, some estimates go even higher.