How do corticosteroids help relieve back pain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Corticosteroids taken by mouth or given by injection are at higher levels than those that occur naturally and can help suppress inflammation. Oral corticosteroids are usually used short-term for acute lower back pain to avoid side effects associated with long-term use. Watch the video for more information on corticosteroids for lower back pain.

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