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Here is the next myth in our series on common back pain myths.

Myth 7: All steroids are bad for me

Some people believe that injections are a temporary solution or a band-aid to the real problem. There’s also a concern that there’s an adverse side effect to these medicines or that these are the same medicines used by some professional athletes.

The medication we predominantly utilize is a steroid, but it’s not the same steroid that athletes use for performance enhancement. The steroid we use is for inflammation control. We utilize steroids by being very target-specific, placing the medication under x-ray guidance to the precise point of where the pain generator is.

In many cases, steroid injections allow patients to start more therapy and then the natural course of things leads to an improved outcome.

Watch Dr. Raub's video series on the '10 most common back pain myths' on VSO's YouTube channel.

Myth 7: All steroids are bad for me