Epidural steroids are proven to help with back pain.
Epidural steroids have been used for over 50 years to treat pain due to spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or chronic low back pain.
Their use skyrocketed in recent years...contributing to the scope of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak due to contaminated epidural steroid products.
Pain experts are often enthusiastic about using epidural steroids...but their efficacy is controversial. Some studies show modest benefit for 6 weeks or less, primarily in patients with sciatic pain. Other studies fail to show any benefit.