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New study shows steroid shots less effective

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SHREVEPORT, La. -  Epidural steroid shots for the back are becoming more prevalent as a form of pain relief for chronic back problems.

They have long been thought to have lasting benefits to the patient.

Now a new study from the University of Washington found that people who get steroid shots don't have a significant difference in their health. 

Dr. Anil Nanda with LSU Health Shreveport said overuse of steroid shots could be a big waste of money.

"If you look at the number of people on medicare getting epidural steroid injections, there's 500,000 people getting these shots and if it's not working that increases healthcare costs by literally billions," said Nanda.

Nanda said the best way to prevent getting back problems is by eating a healthy diet and exercising.
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