An epidural injection is a steroid injection delivered via needle directly into the epidural space of the spine. This a non-surgical solution to reduce swelling in the spinal area. The injection may be a mixture of steroids and/or lidocaine to assist with inflammatory pain, and may contain a saline solution to flush inflammatory proteins out of the affected area.
Caudal Epidural Injection is an option for treating lower back and spine pain, as well as back-related leg pain. A steroid and an anesthetic are injected into the outer membrane of the lumbar region to treat spinal inflammation and pain, which is often caused by herniated discs, radiculopathy, or spinal stenosis.
Injections are considered usually after other more conservative methods of treatment are tried.
During the Procedure
A caudal injection is a steroidal injection and local anesthetic which is administered into the epidural space in the lower back, near the tailbone. The area will first be numbed, followed by the administering of a contrast material. Using fluoroscopy, the physician will guide the needle into the epidural space. Once the needle is properly placed, the physician will administer the steroid injection.
After the Procedure
The patient will be unable the remainder of the day following a caudal epidural injection, so it is best to have a loved one drive you home. It is important that the patient rest after this procedure. Most patients suffering from chronic lower back pain are relieved of their pain for several years after they receive their Caudal Epidural Injection.
Who needs this procedure?
Patients suffering from herniated disks or spinal stenosis may benefit from a Caudal Epidural Injection.