Steroids are commonly prescribed for patients who suffer from lower back and leg pain caused by a herniated disc. But how well do these anti-inflammatory medications actually work? A new study looked at a common oral steroid medication and its effectiveness in decreasing pain and improving function for patients with a herniated disc.
Harley Goldberg, DO from Kaiser Permanente – Northen California and co-authors studied 269 patients with sciatica. Two-thirds were given oral prednisone and the other third got a placebo. Patients were assessed for pain and function level after three weeks and again at one year.