Anyone can have back pain. Usually back pain is normal and gets cured in some time, but in some cases this pain takes the form of a slip disc. Although this problem is cured by medicines, some physical activity and care, but in serious cases, injections may be required. Today in this special article you will know what are the benefits and disadvantages of slip disc injection.

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  1. Benefits Of Slipped Disc Injection
  2. Disadvantages Of Slip Disc Injection
  3. Risks Of Slip Disc Injection
  4. Summary
Doctors for Exploring the Benefits and Risks of Slipped Disc Injections

In case of slip disc problems, mainly lumbar epidural steroid injection is applied. This injection is given to relieve pain in the lower back or legs due to inflammation of the spinal nerves of the affected person. Steroids are also called corticosteroids, it can be helpful in reducing inflammation. The doctor gives the injection in the epidural space around the spinal cord in the lower back. This injection is given in case of herniated disc, spinal stenosis (disease related to spine), degenerative spine disease and bone spurs i.e. abnormal bone growth. The benefits of this injection are as follows -

  • It can provide relief from pain, even if it is for a short time.
  • The pain can be so relieved that the person can also do light exercises.
  • Due to relief from pain, it can be easy to do everyday work.
  • Lumbar epidural steroids can reduce pain to such an extent that it can also reduce the risk of surgery to get rid of pain.

Note - If seen, the only benefit of this injection is relief from unbearable pain and due to this the lifestyle of the patient can also improve.

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If there are benefits of slip disc injection, then there are some disadvantages too. Here we are giving information about some such disadvantages -

  • Before the effect of the medicine reduces, the patient may feel more pain.
  • A wound may form at the site of injection or pain may be felt.
  • If someone has diabetes, then the patient's sugar level may increase. This can last from a few hours to several days.
  • If someone has glaucoma, then the person's blood pressure may increase.

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Apart from the disadvantages, there may be some risks of slip disc injection, which are as follows -

  • There may be a risk of low blood pressure.
  • Dizziness may occur due to low blood pressure.
  • There may be a problem with the reaction to the medicine.
  • There may be a risk of blood clotting.
  • After injection, the nerves of the affected area may get damaged.
  • It may also be difficult to control stool and urine. In such a situation, the person may also need to get a catheter.

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Slip disc injection may provide relief from pain, but it can also cause many health risks. In such a situation, it is better to talk to a doctor or expert thoroughly before using it. Take this injection only if it is very necessary. Also, only the doctor can tell correctly whether the patient should be given the injection or not.

Dr. Syed Mohd Shadman

Dr. Syed Mohd Shadman

General Physician
6 Years of Experience

Dr. Siddhartha Vatsa

Dr. Siddhartha Vatsa

General Physician
3 Years of Experience

Dr. Harshvardhan Deshpande

Dr. Harshvardhan Deshpande

General Physician
13 Years of Experience

Dr. Supriya Shirish

Dr. Supriya Shirish

General Physician
20 Years of Experience

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