Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection
Say Goodbye To Chronic Lower Back Pain
What is it?
A caudal epidural steroid injection is an injection of a steroid and anesthetic medication combination through an opening in the sacrum, which is located at the base of the lumbar vertebrae, or lower back. The opening in the sacrum is known as the sacral hiatus. This procedure allows a direct route to the epidural space and, in cases of patients who have previously undergone spinal surgery, it can allow the physician to obtain access without encountering scar tissue. Caudal epidural steroid injections can reduce swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves, effectively reducing pain in the lower back and legs. Some patients feel significant pain relief after just one injection. For others, it may take multiple injections to experience a significant reduction of pain in the lower back and legs.
How long does the procedure take?
Caudal epidural steroid injections are outpatient procedures. It only takes a few minutes for the physician to complete. Patients are usually able to go home the same day as their procedure. However, it is recommended that the patient arranges for someone to drive them home after a caudal epidural steroid injection. Patients should also prepare to avoid driving for at least 24 hours following the procedure.
What conditions can be treated by caudal epidural steroid injections?
Caudal epidural steroid injections can be an effective treatment for a number of symptoms and conditions, including spinal canal stenosis, lumbar disc bulges/herniations, lumbar degenerative disc disease, lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica), neuropathic/nerve pain, and low back and/or radiating leg pain.
If you’re experiencing chronic lower back pain, caudal epidural steroid injections may be a great solution to consider. At Apex Interventional Pain & Spine, we specialize in providing effective and personalized pain management treatments to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Reach out to our team today to schedule your consultation and find out if caudal epidural steroid injections are right for you.