Spine epidural steroids for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1997 Oct 1;22(19):2313-7. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199710010-00024.


The use of epidural steroid injections to relieve sciatic pain from spinal stenosis is extremely variable and controversial. Drs. Cohen and Kostuik take the position that most studies do not support their use and highlight the potential complications. Dr. Rydevik believes that epidural steroids might be considered as a nonsurgical alternative, especially in elderly patients where surgery carries greater risk.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Glucocorticoids / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Epidural
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / drug effects*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sciatica / drug therapy
  • Spinal Stenosis / drug therapy*


  • Glucocorticoids