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Arch Hellen Med, 30(2), March-April 2013, 167-176


Current knowledge of the physiopathology of lumbar radiculopathy:
Management using epidural injection of corticosteroids and local anesthetics

Y. Dionyssiotis
Medical Department, Physical and Social Rehabilitation Center, Amynteo, Florina, Greece

This is a review of the current knowledge on the physiopathology of lumbar radiculopathy, with reference to the many recent animal and human studies, in an attempt to explain the pathophysiological mechanisms of the condition. The transition to newer forms of treatment is explained, focusing on epidural injection of corticosteroids and local anesthetics, the importance of which is analyzed based on their pharmacology.

Key words: Anesthetics, Corticosteroids, Epidural, Radiculopathy.

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