Steroid Injection May Lead to Worse Outcomes for Spinal Stenosis Patients

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Local Tampa area orthopedic ambulatory surgical center, The Bonati Institute recommends back pain patients evaluate all of their options before receiving steroid injections.

The Bonati Spine Institute advises all sufferers of Spinal Stenosis to evaluate their treatment options before receiving a steroid injection to combat the pain.

Spinal Stenosis causes a narrowing of the spinal canal, which in turn leads to a variety of symptoms with back and leg pain chief among them. Steroid injections tend to be recommended when patients see no improvement in their symptoms following initial treatment.

According to a research article published in the journal, Spine, on February 15, Dr. Kris E Radcliff and colleagues came to the conclusion that steroid injections do not actually lead to improved outcomes for patients. For the study, Dr. Radcliff and colleagues compared patient outcomes from 69 different cases involving steroid injections in the first three months of the Spine Outcomes Research Trial. These results were then compared against the records of 207 patients who did not receive injections.

When looking specifically at patients who had surgery, those who also received injections exhibited fewer signs of improvement in physical functioning over the years. Read more:

The Bonati Spine Institute recommends to all suffers of Spinal Stenosis that they fully evaluate their treatment options with their back specialist before leaning toward a steroid injection. The effectiveness of nonsurgical treatments, the extent of the patient’s pain and the patient’s preferences all factor into whether or not to have surgery. However, surgery is generally recommended immediately if numbness or weakness interferes with walking, bladder function or other neurological involvement.

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The Bonati Spine Institute was founded in 1985 by Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, and is the recognized leader in advanced spine surgery. Over the past 10 years, they have a documented, patient-reported over 90 percent surgery success rate with their specialized procedures.

Their physicians are the pivotal part of the surgical process. Upon arrival, patients will meet and discuss specific issues with highly trained and experienced neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeons. These physicians are the same ones who will be performing every step of the surgical process.

The Bonati Procedures represent the state of the art. Since 1991, these patented methods and instruments have been at the forefront of advanced spine surgery and eliminate the need for traditional invasive open spine and spinal fusion surgeries. From open wound to the most advanced spine surgical procedures, the Bonati Procedures have led the way for more than 25 years for better, safer, results-oriented surgical procedures of the spine. The Institute specializes in spinal fibrosis treatment, herniated disc treatment, spinal cord compression therapy among many others. For more information on The Bonati Spine Institute visit their website at

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