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Epidural Steroid Injections and Discogenic Pathology

Recently, Doctors in the NFL have turned to the use of Epidural Steroid Injections in the treatment of players who suffer from herniated or bulging discs with associated symptomatology. A recent study reflects an 89% success rate of getting football players back on the field when they suffered from lumbar disc herniation and were treated with Epidural Steroid Injections.

Acute lumbar disc herniations are common injuries among athletes participating in contact sports. Therefore, doctors are looking for non-operative or minimally invasive means to control pain management and get players back on the field. A review was recently done of twenty-seven (27) NFL players that suffered from acute lumbar herniation. The average age of the subject was twenty-five (25) years old.  Of the twenty seven (27) players, thirty seven (37) injections were performed. The most common injury was in the L4/5 area of the lumbar spine. Of the players receiving injections, 89% were fit to go back on the field and resume play. The players continued to play on average for at least three (3) seasons after receiving said injections.

The participating physicians concluded that epidural steroid injections were an effective tool in the pain management of acute lumbar disc herniation in athletes. The success demonstrated just by shows the effective use of injections in the treatment of such injuries. Clearly, if it allowed NFL players to perform at such a high level, this success may be correlated to the average person suffering from acute lumbar disc herniation.

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A car accidents is the single biggest cause of acute lumbar herniation in adults. The model of epidural steroid can be taken from the professional athlete study and applied to the general public to treat symptomatic lumbar herniations and bulges. The diagnostic and pain relief benefits of such injections have shown to be highly successful and an alternative to lumbar surgery or at a minimum a tool to delay the need for surgical intervention by means of spine surgery.

At Dolman Law Group, all attorneys review the latest in medical data and studies to see how best to represent our clients at their time of need. If you have been involved in an automobile accident and are suffering from neck or back pain please contact us at (727)451-6900 or bryan@dolmanlaw.com

-Bryan C. Hannan, Esq.

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Clearwater, FL 33765
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