Just say 'no' to epidurals for back pain

It's one of the most common approaches to back pain -- one that's used by mainstream docs so often that you almost certainly know someone who's had it.

Maybe you've even gone through it yourself.

It's an epidural, a powerful steroid shot delivered right into the spine -- and if you're like most people, you might even think it worked.

After all, new research confirms you can get about two months of relief from that injection -- and next time you visit the doctor and he recommends a steroid shot, he'll probably be quick to point that out.

But there's another side to this study that he won't be so willing to talk about -- and that's the fact that patients who get saline placebo injections enjoy the same two months of relief.

Getting a steroid shot, of course, is expensive and dangerous, with studies showing they can weaken bone over time and increase the risk of breaks and fractures.

Saline is cheap and safe, but since doctors can't earn much money selling it, they're not likely to start recommending it over big-money steroid shots anytime soon.

But maybe they should, because this might be more than just the placebo response at work. It could be that the saline itself is therapeutic, that as it rushes through the spine it can reduce inflammation, clean up scar tissue and even restore the flow of blood to damaged nerves, according to the review of 43 studies involving more than 3,600 patients combined.

That certainly makes sense to me.

After all, we've seen these results before -- in study after study, placebo injections have matched steroid shots and even shots with other drugs in them, including a study I told you about just a few months back. (You can read more about that one right here.)

I'm not saying you should rush out for saline injections (although in some cases it might not be the worst idea around).

What I am saying is that there are clearly much better options for relief from back pain -- and that's true whether your pain is in the upper back, lower back, neck, shoulders or right down the middle.

For starters, try natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as MSM, bromelain, and turmeric. For more chronic pain -- especially the "non-specific" pain your doc can't quite seem to figure out -- consider the natural pain-beating techniques that have helped millions around the world, including acupuncture, cold laser, chiropractic and even a good massage.

If the problem doesn't go away over time -- as most cases of back pain do -- you may need a little more help. And by that, I don't mean drugs, shots or surgery.

You need a doctor who can find the source of your pain, whether it's a posture problem, an undiagnosed injury or something else entirely.

Once you find the cause, you can get to work on the cure -- and you'll be amazed at how often that cure is little more than an adjustment to how you sit or a few months of gentle physical therapy... not drugs, surgery or a steroid shot.

Ready to get started? Speak to a holistic medical doctor today.