Some people who suffer from back pain are given epidural steroid injections to try help relieve their back pain. A person receiving these injections is only given few a year, usually 2 and in most cases not more than 3 injections a year. Do you know the reason why they are given few injection?
… its because there’s a chance that these drugs might weaken your spinal bones and nearby muscles. This is not caused by the needle, its a possible side effect of steroids.
Epidural steroid injections contain drugs that mimic the effect of the hormones cortisone and hydrocortisone. When injected near irritated nerves in your spine, these drugs may temporarily reduce inflammation and help relive pain.
Steroid injections also disrupt your body’s natural hormone balance. Delaying repeat injections allows your body to return to its normal balance. This is the reason why these injections are not give too frequently.