What Is A Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection?
This is an outpatient procedure where the patient receives an injection of a steroid-anesthetic medication through an opening in the sacrum. This is the lowest portion of the epidural space. The medication can reduce swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves. The injection takes only a few minutes to complete.
Why Get This Procedure
A caudal steroid injection can help you if you suffer from lower back and leg pain caused by sciatica, herniated discs, bone spurs or other back problems. You have nerves that run from your spinal cord out to your back and legs. Some patients say pain relief started within 30 minutes after the injection. For some the pain may return a few hours later as the local anesthetic wears off. The long term relief usually starts two or three days after the for some, the relief lasts several months or longer.