When a person has severe back pain, often one of the best ways to get
relief is by getting an epidural injection of steroids. These steroid
injections have been associated with meningitis this year, but now
another study has found a different kind of risk, that is for increased
rates of spinal fractures.
Most people who have spinal fractures are unaware of their fracture, because they typically are painless and lead to loss of height. However for women over 50 who are at higher risk of any bone fracture, any more risk could lead to significant loss of height, hunching over with a "widow's hump" and spinal pain from fractures.
What to Do Instead:
- One of the best things to do for back pain is to work on core-strengthening exercises.
- Avoid bending at the waist while lifting heavy objects
- Try to sit up straight while working at the compute, and
- Use a rolled up towel or small pillow in the small of the back for lumbar support.