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Nerve-root injections for the relief of pain in patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures

Title
Nerve-root injections for the relief of pain in patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures
Authors
Kim D.-J.Yun Y.-H.Wang J.-M.
Ewha Authors
윤여헌
SCOPUS Author ID
윤여헌scopus
Issue Date
2003
Journal Title
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
ISSN
0301-620XJCR Link
Citation
vol. 85, no. 2, pp. 250 - 253
Indexed
SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
We have studied 58 patients with pain from osteoporotic vertebral fractures which did not respond to conservative treatment. These were 53 women and five men with a mean age of 72.5 years. They received a nerve-root injection with lidocaine, bupivicaine and DepoMedrol. The mean follow-up period was 13.5 months. The mean pain scores before treatment, at one and six months after treatment and at the final follow-up were 85, 24.9, 14.1, and 17.4, respectively. According to our modified criteria for grading results, six patients were considered to have an excellent result, 42 good and ten fair. A newly developed compression fracture was noted in three patients. There were no complications related to the injection. Our study suggests that nerve-root injections are effective in reducing pain in patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures and that these patients should be considered for this treatment before percutaneous vertebroplasty or operative intervention is attempted.
DOI
10.1302/0301-620X.85B2.13289
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