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Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Steroid Shots

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 03:12 PM

Steroid Shots MeningtisThese days, it seems that modern medicine is always looking for the quick fix to a medical problem in the form of an injection or pill. Take back pain for example. Everyone from the average weekend warrior to professional athletes are given steroid injections to immediately ease the pain of a back problems but little else is done to alleviate the underlying problem.

There are other problems associated with steroid injections as indicated by the recent outbreak of meningitis across the United States. It is not a small problem with the steroid linked to the meningitis outbreak affecting as many as 13,000 patients in 23 states from Michigan to Florida. Already, over 100 people have been diagnosed with the deadly disease with as many as 12 fatalities.

While the short term efficacy of steroid treatment is not in doubt, there are concerns with some of the manufacturing safeguards. The steroid linked to this meningitis outbreak was produced by a specialty compounding pharmacy. In essence the pharmacy simply combines a powdered form of the steroid, methylprednisolone acetate, with a liquid substrate to create the inject able dose.

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After the outbreak, investigators examined the suspect vials and found that some of the single dose vials to be infected with fungal meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining, known as the meninges, of the brain. Symptoms include headaches, nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, this type of meningitis is not contagious and can be effectively treated with anti-fungal medications although he treatment dose require a hospital stay.

For those concerned about the use of steroid injections for back pain, there are a range of other non-invasive and non-surgical alternatives available. In particular, spinal, high-velocity-low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation has proven more efficacious than the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, diclofenac, in the treatment of low-back pain (LBP). Other results indicate lowered pain, improved RMS scores and the overall improvement in the patient’s quality of life.

The Illinois Back Institute is at the forefront of medical institutions that provide non-invasive alternatives for LBP treatment. At no time will drugs and/or surgery be involved. Their goal is the elimination of the root cause of the LBP and not just the amelioration of the symptoms.

At the Illinois Back Institute we use a computerized instrumentation to perform HVLA manipulation as part of its Functional Disc Rehydration program to eliminate back pain, herniated disc, degenerated disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and bulging discs.

Functional Disc Rehydration is quite simple! It is an approach that makes the back healthier without surgery, injections or medications.  It works toward relieving the pressure off the disc by allowing nutrients to flow back into the disc. In the meantime, the supporting muscles are strengthened and reactivated to help the spine become stable once again, while also eliminating tissue stress. Patients at the Illinois Back Institute receive treatments that take pressure off their spine while they are walking, sitting and lying down. Additional therapies are provided to help achieve good posture with stronger muscles. Continued Functional Disc Rehydration therapy has shown that patients can reactivate the muscles and discs that were once causing pain, as well as actually reverse degeneration.

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Topics: Functional Disc Rehydration, back pain treatment options, spinal surgery, meningitis linked to steroid shots, best treatment for back pain