Our conclusion is that both treatments fall short in providing long-term relief.
By now we can agree that the ideal treatment for nerve pain would accomplish the following:
- Decrease pain
- Improve function
- Provide long-lasting or even permanent relief
So does this actually exist? Well, yes! Lets dive into Dextrose Injections…
- This study examined the use of dextrose vs saline as a control. In this study, 84% of dextrose patients had greater or equal to a 50% reduction in pain, while only 19% of the control group did.
- By using dextrose, we checked off the first goal – but what about long-term relief and improved function..?
- The authors of this paper picked up where Study 3 left off – by performing a series of 4 treatments spaced 2 weeks apart. The result: Long-lasting pain relief for 12 months with improved function.
- Remember how the effectiveness of epidural steroids decreased if the patient had pain for > 6 months? The patients used in the dextrose study had pain for an average of 10.5 years before getting treatment.
To sum it all up:
As you can see from the two studies above, dextrose injections can decrease pain, improve function, and provide both short and long-term relief. Out of the 3 options for low back pain relief, dextrose injections provide long-term, superior results when compared to cortisone epidural or nerve ablations.