Epidural injections for the diagnosis and treatment of low-back pain

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1980 Jan-Feb;5(1):78-86. doi: 10.1097/00007632-198001000-00014.


Three hundred four consecutive patients with low-back pain were given epidural anesthetic and steroid injections. A prospective study demonstrated that selected patients had 87% short-term success and 34% relief of pain for as long as 6 months. No patient was cured by these injections. Needle placement during epidural injections was incorrect 25% of the time in experienced hands.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anesthesia, Epidural* / methods
  • Back Pain / diagnosis*
  • Back Pain / therapy
  • Bupivacaine* / administration & dosage
  • Bupivacaine* / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies


  • Bupivacaine