Nilesh Patel column: Hype overtakes reality on back pain treatment

7:18 PM, May 26, 2013
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Recently, the national television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz aired a segment on a common chronic pain treatment procedure called epidural steroid injections.

While I have a great deal of respect for the depth and thoughtfulness of Dr. Oz's work, this segment provided a disservice to viewers by drastically misrepresenting what most board-certified physicians and leading researchers consider a safe, effective and important treatment for patients with chronic back pain.

While some of Dr. Oz's concerns were valid, many were over-dramatized to the point of being deliberately ...

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