Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection
What is caudal epidural steroid injection?
Caudal epidural steroid injections are a combination of a steroid and a local anesthetic that is delivered to your lower back to treat chronic back and lower extremity pain.
Who is a good candidate for caudal epidural steroid injection?
Patients who experience chronic low back pain may be good candidates for this procedure. Patients who struggle with pain medication side effects and wish to have pain relief for several months may also be good candidates for this procedure.
How caudal epidural steroid injection works
Caudal epidural steroid injections involve injecting a steroid into the epidural space, where the irritated nerve roots are located. The caudal injection is performed through the sacral opening and is used to treat low back pain. This injection includes both a long-lasting steroid a (to reduce inflammation and irritation) and an anesthetic (to block pain). The medicines spread to the most painful levels of the spine, reducing inflammation and irritation. The entire procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes.