Use of steroids in epidural injections

The use of steroids in epidural injections has been considered “off-label” for many years, but it shouldn’t detract from the fact that there have been several properly conducted randomized trials and systematic reviews (as well as guidelines), showing significant long-term effectiveness of using them. Hundreds of thousands of patients every year avoid potentially unnecessary spine…

Spinal injections relieve pain and return patients to daily activities

Spinal injections, or epidurals, for low back pain have been found to help relieve pain and aid patients in returning to performing daily activities according to the results of a recent study.  The study, conducted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Institute for Quality Care, reported that more than 78% of patients receiving…

Shingles vaccine update

A recent Kaiser Permanente study has shown that the shingle vaccine (Zostavax) reduces the risk of contracting the rash by 55% in patients age 60 and older.  The study also found that the vaccine reduced the risk of ophthalmic by 63%.  The vaccine costs about $150.  All Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug) plans cover…