Steroid jabs no use in spinal stenosis

Epidural injections of lidocaine plus corticosteroid for spinal stenosis are no more effective than only local anaesthetic, according to a large study.

Symptoms improved in both groups in a double blinded trial involving 400 patients who were randomly assigned to either lidocaine injections or lidocaine plus a corticosteroid.

At three weeks those who received the corticosteroid reported slightly less leg pain and better function, but by six