Sciatica relief minimal with epidural steroids

Epidural corticosteroid injections are unlikely to provide any meaningful long-term pain relief for patients with sciatica, a review has found.

Despite the approach becoming increasingly popular worldwide, the review of 23 “high quality” randomised trials found it gave only modest, short-term pain relief compared to placebo.

Writing Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine (online), the authors cautioned against using the injections, especially for acute sciatica.

“The small size of the