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Common Steroid Used to Treat Herniated Discs May Be Ineffective

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the oral steroid prednisone may not be effective in treating acute sciatica, reports The New York Times. In a study of 267 patients with a confirmed herniated disc, after three weeks of treatment there was no distinguishable difference in pain or disability reduction between the group receiving prednisone and those taking a placebo. After one year following treatment, the prednisone group exhibited slightly less disability, however, researchers doubted the significance of this finding given the distance from the trials.


Read the article published by The New York Times.

Read the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.