Time to reconsider steroid injections in the spine?

Thomas K F Taylor and Stephen J Ruff
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00022
Published online: 17 March 2014

To the Editor: As surgeons with a combined experience of more than 80 years in managing lumbar disc prolapse, we would like to add to this debate on the place of corticosteroid injection, from the advantage of those who have both seen the problem during surgery and managed the condition non-operatively. The opinions expressed recently in the Journal1-4 suggest such experience is essential to the understanding of both the pathogenesis and natural history of the disorder.

  • Thomas K F Taylor1
  • Stephen J Ruff2

  • 1 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


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