Spinal Meningitis – Lumbar Pain Injections

9 dead from contaminated injections

The side-effects of medicinal treatments for low back pain are not worth the risks or the costs. Failed back surgery syndrome sours the outcomes of invasive spinal operations. Most recently, reports have linked back pain-relieving steroid injections to cases of a rare, lethal meningitis. It could take up to a month to find out exactly how many people were sickened and died from the contaminated medication.

17,676 Vials of Fungal Contamination Delivered

22 States Affected (blue)

According to the Associated Press: an outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 91 people in seven states, including 9 who died, health officials warned.

All received steroid injections, mostly for back pain, a fairly typical treatment.

The type of meningitis involved is not contagious like the more common forms. This type is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold and which health officials suspect may have been in the steroid.

These lumbar epidural steroid injections were designed to combat back pain but have led to deaths.

Chiropractic Safer and More Effective

April 2011 – Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

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the Risks of Injections

This unfortunate example does not confound or undermine the entirety of the medical model, but it certainly shows the value of having a choice. Chiropractic care is a powerful form of both rehabilitative and preventative care that is greatly under-utilized. 

Chiropractors have long understood how regular adjustments can relieve back pain with almost no risk of further complications. Without drugs, injections or surgery, specific spinal correction has allowed us to help people get off the couch and back to work.

At Palmer Chiropractic, we focus on natural chiropractic care with out the use of drugs or surgery.  Chiropractors adjusts the spine to relieve nerve interference that restricts communication from the central nervous system to the rest of the body.  If you have been contemplating having an invasive procedure and would like to see is chiropractic care may be an avenue for you, Contact Palmer Chiropractic at 11400 Ford Ave in Richmond Hill, GA  31324 or call 912-756-3433.

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