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Clin J Pain. 1989 Jun;5(2):143-5.

Long-term results of cervical epidural steroid injections.

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University Pain Treatment Center, University of Tennessee, Memphis.


Fifty-eight patients undergoing cervical epidural injection of corticosteroids were followed for a 6-month period. Patients with 90% pain relief lasting 6 months were considered to have excellent results, those with greater than 50% pain relief lasting at least 6 weeks were considered to have good results, and all others were considered to have poor results. Six months after the injection, 41.4% of patients had excellent pain relief by our criteria. Twenty-nine percent of patients reported good results and 29.3% had poor results. Those patients with the diagnosis of cervical spondylosis and those with subacute cervical strain had statistically significantly (p less than 0.001, difference of proportions test) better results than patients with other diagnoses. The procedure of cervical epidural steroid injection may be most effective in patients with cervical degenerative joint disease as the etiology of their cervical pain.

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