Links to points discussed:
The original Institute of Medicine report “Relieving Pain…” and it’s number of “100 million Americans” with chronic pain is widely quoted and the data is bad. I pulled the original source material and found much of it based upon acute pain studies (post-surgical) and the data then extrapolated broadly.
Despite this…this number continues to be used.
Everyone should read this book to understand how we are all being “influenced.”
Below are links to the New England Journal of Medicine research article and Editorial:
New England Journal of Medicine research article A Randomized Trial of Epidural Glucocorticoid Injections for Spinal Stenosis.
Pay attention to the headlines of these various media reports
We talked about how headlines can mislead us in Episode #10 “80% of People Will Just Read This Headline…But When You Listen You Will Learn Why That Can Hurt You.”
What do each of these headlines suggest to you?”
Reuters article reporting on the above Study finds little benefit, some harm from steroid shots for back pain
New York Times reporting on the above Common Back and Leg Treatment May Not Help Much, Study Says
HealthDay reporting on the above Steroid Shots May Not Help Back Pain