What is the role of fluoroscopy in the treatment of mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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A prospective, randomized, controlled study by Soneji et al indicated that in patients with chronic mechanical LBP caused by sacroiliac joint arthritis, the use of fluoroscopy alone is as effective as the employment of ultrasonography with fluoroscopic confirmation in guiding local anesthetic and steroid injections to the sacroiliac joint. The study, which involved 40 patients, found that pain scores did not differ significantly between the fluoroscopy and ultrasonography groups at 24-hour, 72-hour, 1-week, 1-month, and 3-month follow-up, with both groups showing significant pain reduction at 1 month. [34]


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