What is a Caudal Steroid Injection?
Disease or injury to a vertebral disc can quickly irritate spinal nerves, causing swelling, inflammation and severe pain. In certain cases, compressed spinal nerves can even affect a patient’s ability to move properly. A caudal epidural steroid injection is a quick outpatient procedure that can bring immediate relief to your discomfort. Performed by one of our experienced Laser Spine & Orthopedics® pain management specialists, this injection bathes the irritated nerve root in a highly specialized liquid to quickly alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
At Laser Spine & Orthopedics®, we are dedicated to helping patients get back the quality of life that they deserve. We work together with our patients to recommend the most innovative treatment options based on their lifestyle, goals and overall health for a customized solution effective for their pain.
Our Treatment Approach
The caudal epidural steroid injection is administered through the sacral hiatus, a small opening at the base of the sacrum and just above the tailbone. While many patients feel immediate relief after just one injection, some patients may need multiple injections to receive the full benefits of the medication. The process generally follows these steps:
- The patient lays face-down on the procedure table with a cushion placed beneath their abdomen to elevate the sacrum.
- A local anesthetic is applied to the sacrum, and then the physician inserts the injection through the sacral hiatus. The injection is guided through the caudal epidural space to the location of the irritated nerve roots.
- A specialized steroid-anesthetic medication bathes the nerve roots in soothing medication designed to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
- The desired end result is rapid pain relief and reduction of uncomfortable swelling in the affected nerve roots.
This minimally invasive procedure is one of many performed by our expert pain management specialists for patients suffering from a variety of painful back issues. Because this is an outpatient procedure, patients experience little to no downtime and can return to their daily activities much sooner.