Nerve root blocks in the treatment of lumbar radicular pain. A minimum five-year follow-up.

  title={Nerve root blocks in the treatment of lumbar radicular pain. A minimum five-year follow-up.},
  author={Kiehyun Daniel Riew and J Y Park and Yong-sun Cho and Louis A. Gilula and Alpesh A. Patel and Lawrence G Lenke and Keith H. Bridwell},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  volume={88 8},
BACKGROUND In a previous prospective, randomized, controlled, double-blinded study on the effect of nerve root blocks on the need for operative treatment of lumbar radicular pain, we found that injections of corticosteroids were more effective than bupivacaine for up to thirteen to twenty-eight months. We performed a minimum five-year followup of those patients who had avoided surgery. METHODS All of the patients were considered to be operative candidates by the treating surgeon, and all had… CONTINUE READING
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