A caudal epidural steroid injection is a treatment for sciatic nerve pain, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs of the lower spine. It may also be helpful for people who have lower back pain resulting from a previous back surgery (failed back surgery syndrome). Caudal injections can relieve lower back pain, along with radiating nerve pain in the legs.
Many patients need only one injection to experience significant improvement in their symptoms, but repeat injections may be necessary if sciatic nerve pain persists.
Patients receive a mild sedative but remain awake during a caudal injection, which is usually completed within 30 minutes. The injection site is numbed with an anesthetic before the pain management specialist inserts a thin needle above the tailbone and injects a mixture of anesthetic and steroid medications to soothe irritated nerves.
Most patients are able to return to normal activity the day after this treatment.
Pain relief may be immediate, but as the anesthetic wears off, pain may return. The pain-relieving steroid medication becomes effective after a few days. If patients don’t feel better within two weeks, additional injections may be required.
If you’re experiencing chronic lower back pain that hasn’t improved with traditional treatments, you might benefit from a caudal epidural injection. Our pain relief specialists will explain all available options for treatment, so you can decide what’s best for you.
Contact Center for Pain Management today: (317) 706-7246.