Research shows Epidural injections for neck and back pain are useless

Epidural injections for neck and back pain are useless


We see it time and time again. Patients who were given injections for neck and back pain by their medical doctors fill chiropractors’ offices looking for relief.

Here is another study showing the lack of long-term pain relief from epidural injections for people with neck and back pain. Three hundred (300) patients with neck and back pain were given epidural injections. In two to six weeks, most epidural blocks lost their effectiveness. There was no improvement at 3 months, 6 months or 1 year after injection. The epidurals had no impact on day-to-day functioning, the need for surgery or long-term pain control. Why didn’t the shot work? The reason is simple – injections don’t correct subluxations (chiropractors do). (1-2)


  1. Hampton T. Epidurals’ benefit for back pain questioned. JAMA. 2007;297(16):1757-1758.
  2. Landau WM, Nelson DA, Armon C, Argoff CE, Samuels J, Backonja MM. Assessment: use of epidural steroid injections to treat radicular lumbosacral pain: report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2007;69(6):614.