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.
The most common conditions treated are Sciatica, Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Herniated/Bulging Disc.
In a caudal injection, a corticosteroid (anti-inflammatory medication) is injected into the epidural space thought the bony opening in your tailbone to reduce inflammation and irritation. A local anesthetic (numbing medicine) may also be injected. The entire procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes.
The extent and duration of pain relief may depend on the amount of disc dural or nerve root inflammation. Other coexisting factors may also be responsible for your pain. Sometimes injections may bring pain relief for several weeks to months and then further treatment is needed. Other times a single injection brings long-term relief.
The most important and greatest success achieved with the use of epidural steroid injections is the rapid relief of symptoms. This often allows patients to experience enough relief to become active and resume their normal daily activities.