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Caudal Injection

Lower back pain, leg pain, and sciatica are all relatively common conditions that can severely limit your daily activities and negatively impact your quality of life. Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections offer a minimally invasive solution, delivering steroids directly to the epidural space to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. On this page we will dive into the intricacies of the caudal injection procedure, its benefits, and answers to common questions, helping you understand if it’s the right option for you.

What are Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections?

Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections involve the delivery of steroids and an anesthetic into the caudal epidural space at the base of the spine. This area is near the nerve roots, making caudal injections particularly effective for treating lower back pain and sciatica. The steroids reduce inflammation and swelling of nerves and surrounding tissues.

A surgeon doing a caudal steroid injection on a patient

Benefits of Caudal Injections

  • Targeted Relief: Specifically addresses lower back and sciatic pain by targeting the nerve roots.
  • Minimally Invasive: The procedure is non-surgical and involves only a small injection, leading to quicker recovery times.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Steroids decrease inflammation and swelling, offering relief from pain and discomfort.
  • Low Risk: Caudal injections are safe, with minimal risk of complications.

The Caudal Injection Procedure

The procedure is typically quick and involves the following steps:

  1. Preparation: You will lie face down, and the lower back area will be cleaned and numbed.
  2. Guidance: Typically using fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance, the doctor will locate the caudal epidural space.
  3. Injection: A needle is carefully inserted into the caudal epidural space through the sacral hiatus, and a mixture of steroids and anesthetic is administered.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q: How long does it take to feel relief?
    • A: Pain relief can vary; some patients feel better within a few days, while others may take a week or more to notice improvements.
  • Q: How long does the relief last?
    • A: The duration of pain relief varies, lasting from weeks to months. Some patients may require repeated injections.
  • Q: Are caudal injections painful?
    • A: Patients may feel a brief discomfort during the injection, but the procedure is generally well-tolerated.
  • Q: What are the risks or side effects?
    • A: While generally safe, some may experience temporary side effects such as soreness at the injection site, flushing, or an increase in pain before improvement begins.
  • Q: Is there downtime after the injection?
    • A: Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day, with instructions to take it easy for the rest of the injection day.

Why Choose Us for Your Caudal Injection?

Total Spien and Orthopedics specializes in advanced pain management techniques, including caudal epidural steroid injections. Our dedicated team of highly skilled, and board-certified physicians is dedicated to providing effective, personalized care, ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.

If you're struggling with lower back pain, leg pain, or sciatica and are looking for a minimally invasive treatment option, a caudal injection might be the solution. Contact us using the form on this page or by calling (321) 499-4646 today to schedule a consultation and discuss how this treatment can help you.

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