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2022 Oct 21

Cochrane Database Syst Rev


Systemic corticosteroids for radicular and non-radicular low back pain.


Chou R, Pinto R Z, Fu R, Lowe RA, Henschke N, McAuley JH, Dana T
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022 Oct 21; 10:CD012450.
PMID: 36269125.


Corticosteroids are medications with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant properties. Systemic corticosteroids administered through the oral, intravenous, or intramuscular routes have been used to treat various types of low back pain, including radicular back pain (not due to spinal stenosis), non-radicular back pain, and spinal stenosis. However, there is uncertainty about the benefits and harms of systemic corticosteroids for low back pain.