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Back Surgery V.S. steriod injections

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have scar tissue and a small bone fragment that are causing pain in my lower back. My doctor suggested having either a steroid injection or surgery to correct the
problem. What is the best option? Can a steriod injection correct this problem? Is it worth trying?


  • I think most on this forum would agree that surgery should be the last route. If there is a chance that the injection will help, go that route first. Also you did not say what type of surgery. After hanging out here for months, I am still learning about new types of surgery that I had not heard of.

  • I have had zero success with the steroid injections, however, quite a few people have had success.

    I tried the route of injections, physical therapy, stretching .... then I decided it was time for surgery.

    Trust your doctor's recommendation, but tell him/her that you want to be conservative, I am sure they won't see an issue with that.

    Good luck with the injections, hope they work for you.

  • I'd try the steroid injections before going the surgery route. If the injections work, you'll save yourself a whole lot of misery.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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