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Steroid injections for sciatica: Mild, short-term relief

Injections of corticosteroids can temporarily relieve the pain of a herniated disk, but offer little long-term benefit, finds a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

When a spinal disk bulges outward, or herniates, it may compress the nerves that branch outward to the rest of the body. This can cause shooting pain in the leg, known as sciatica. A common treatment for acute sciatica is injecting a corticosteroid drug near the bulging disk. This calms the inflammation and pain.

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