Letters Treating sciatica

Evidence shows that epidural steroid is effective in sciatica

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2486 (Published 10 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2486
  1. Michael F Grayson, rheumatologist and musculoskeletal physician1
  1. 1Private Consulting Rooms, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London W1W 5AQ, UK
  1. m.f.grayson{at}gmail.com

In his editorial on treating sciatica in the face of poor evidence, Chou seems not to have heard of epidural injections with steroid.1 There is plenty of evidence of the efficacy of this treatment in sciatica,2 so it is wrong for an editorial to suggest otherwise. Non-specialist doctors reading this editorial will get a completely wrong impression. Oral drug treatment is not enough.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2486


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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