The nonsurgical management of spinal pain in the elderly: NSAIDs, opioids, and epidural steroid injections

Thomas M. Larkin, Donald Algeo, Torrey T. Lynch, Darren Gray, Steven P. Cohen

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Abstract

Spinal pain in the elderly is a significant social and economic problem in the United States that promises to take on more importance as the general population ages. Despite the widespread use of analgesics and interventional therapies to treat this problem, there is only a small but emerging body of evidence that specifically addresses the benefits and pitfalls of the use of these treatments in an elderly population. The following review will discuss the most common pharmacological and interventional therapies in use today, NSAIDs, opioids and epidural steroid injections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-157
Number of pages14
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Volume17
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005

Keywords

  • Elderly pain
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • NSAIDs
  • Opioids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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