Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Print version ISSN 0034-7094
COCICOV, Alexander Ferrari; COCICOV, Hercilia Laura Ferrari; SILVA, Marília Barreto G da and SKARE, Thelma Larocca. Epidural steroids for low back pain syndromes. Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. [online]. 2004, vol.54, n.1, pp. 129-141. ISSN 0034-7094. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-70942004000100017.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Low back pain syndromes are major causes of morbidity and disability. Their therapeutic management is often based on conservative measures, such as rest, analgesia, physical therapy, and even surgical and rehabilitation procedures. This study aimed at describing the use of epidural steroids to treat low back pain syndromes. CONTENTS: Adequate techniques and indications for epidural steroid injections to treat low back pain of different etiologies are presented in this literature review as feasible and effective options, as well as their indications, counterindications, complications and efficacy. CONCLUSIONS: Epidural steroids may be an alternative treatment, provided adequate indications are respected.
Keywords : ANESTHETIC TECHNIQUES, Regional [epidural]; DRUGS [steroid]; PAIN, Acute, Chronic [low back pain].