Steroids for sciatica pain

Medicines are commonly prescribed for the treatment of sciatica, but evidence for pain medication is poor. [21] Specifically, low-quality evidence indicates that NSAIDs do not appear to improve immediate pain and all NSAIDs appear about equivalent. [21] [22] [23] Evidence is also lacking in use of opioids and muscle relaxants by usual means. [21] In those with sciatica due to piriformis syndrome, botulinum toxin injections may improve pain and or function. [24] There is little evidence for steroids, either epidural or by pill. [25] [26] Low-quality evidence supports the use of gabapentin for acute pain relief in those with chronic sciatica. [21]

The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or ruptured disc ( herniated disc ) in the spine pressing against the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. But sciatica also can be a symptom of other conditions that affect the spine , such as narrowing of the spinal canal ( spinal stenosis ), bone spurs (small, bony growths that form along joints) caused by arthritis , or nerve root compression ( pinched nerve ) caused by injury. In rare cases, sciatica can also be caused by conditions that do not involve the spine, such as tumors or pregnancy .

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