If you have received regular epidural steroid injections for back pain, you may want to discuss a different approach with your physician before you receive more. New research suggests that people who use this treatment may be at greater risk for bone fractures of the spine. The study found that the risk of fractures increased 29 percent with each injection. While other steroid treatments have been linked to bone loss, spinal injections had previously been thought to have little impact on bone density. More research is needed to confirm these findings, but it is probably worth a talk with your doctor, especially if you are already at high risk of osteoporosis. If you want to wean yourself off injections and get rid of back pain naturally, we recommend physical activity. Research shows that moving is much better for the back than resting. Staying active with a regular fitness routine is the best way to build a strong, healthy back—and stave off future episodes of pain. Try these five exercise moves
for a strong stomach and back.
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