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Steriod Injection for Back Pain associated with Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital found that postmenopausal women who received epidural steroid injections to ease back pain had six-times the loss of bone density than what is usual after six months. The study results were published in the December 1 edition of the journal Spine.

The study’s lead author, Shlomo Mandel, M.D., a Henry Ford orthopedic physician, said that physicians should be careful when prescribing epidural steroid injections for patients that are at risk for bone loss. He suggests that physicians should consider prescribing calcium and vitamin D supplements and exercise to the patient as part of treatment regimen.

The researchers wanted to see if the steroid injections used to treat lumbar stenosis, an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, would increase the risk for postmenopausal bone loss in women.

Twenty-eight postmenopausal women over the age of 65 were treated between 2007 and 2010. The women had been measured for bone density and serum biochemical markers before receiving the steroid injections. Then the women were measured at three and six-month intervals for bone loss.

The information gathered from these women was compared against postmenopausal women that did not receive the epidural steroid injection. The women that received the injections were at a significant risk for bone loss.

The study results demonstrate that multiple steroid injections may affect bone density.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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