A caudal epidural is the injection of a steroid medication into the lowest portion of the back to help reduce inflammation and alleviate the pain. It’s injected into the caudal canal, which is below the lower end of the spinal cord.
WHAT IS A CAUDAL EPIDURAL?
During a caudal epidural, the lower back, just above the buttocks, is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, a thin needle is inserted just above the tailbone and a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid medication is administered into the caudal space. Once the medication has been administered, it spreads within the epidural and caudal spaces, resulting in reduced nerve inflammation and pain. The 15-minute procedure can result in relief in as little as 30 minutes after the injection, however, long term relief might not begin until the steroid begins to work, which is usually within two to three days. The length of time relief is felt varies from patient to patient, but is often felt for several months. Periodic injections are usually necessary in order to remain pain-free.
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WHO CAN GET A CAUDAL EPIDURAL?
A caudal steroid injection can help reduce lower back pain or leg pain caused by various conditions, such as sciatica, herniated discs, bone spurs or other spine conditions. It may be time to seek treatment in the form of a caudal injection if back pain has become chronic and severe, and has not improved with other treatments, such as pain medication and physical therapy.
If you suspect a caudal epidural might be a solution for you, take our short Treatment Assessment Tool to tell us a little about what, if anything, you've tried to treat your pain. One of our qualified team members will be in touch within one business day to discuss possible treatment options.