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Lumbar Decompression Relieves Spinal Stenosis Pain More Than Epidural Injection

Source— Pain Medicine News Published November 1, 2019

This one-page Pain Medicine News article states that, “Minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild®) reduced back pain caused by lumbar stenosis, and decreased opioid use, in patients far more effectively than epidural steroid injection (ESI),” according to a study. Findings from that study were presented in a research poster by sole author Navdeep Singh Jassal, MD, at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Dr. Jassal explains that although, “epidural injections are efficacious to treat acute radiculopathy, a pain that is caused by an inflammatory condition, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is caused by compression of the nerve roots, and the only effective way to treat it is to decompress the spine.” Detailing the study, the article states that it “included 33 patients with a mean age of 77.9 years, who were treated with mild® between February 2018 and January 2019, at a single center. All patients had presented with moderate to severe central stenosis, including lumbar ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, as well as facet hypertrophy and degenerative disk disease, and 82% had presented with foraminal stenosis. They had failed conservative treatment, including at least one epidural steroid injection per patient.”

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