A Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection is used to calm down inflammation in the aggravate nerves in the lumbar spine (low back). This procedure is performed under x-ray guidance to insure accuracy. The corticosteroid and local anesthetic medication is administered at the lowest discs, near the tailbone. This procedure is used to treat patients that suffer from degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, collapsed discs, radiculopathy, bone spurs, herniated discs, and spondylolisthesis particularly in the last two discs of the lumbar spine (back).
The appointment time for a Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection is approximately 45-60 minutes all together. There are 3 different stages to the appointment.
After your procedure, you are asked to rest for the remainder of the day and avoid any activities. Tenderness at the site of needle insertion may occur, in which case ice may be applied for 20 minutes every hour if necessary. Normal activities can be resumed the following day without restrictions. Your leg(s) may feel slight sense numbness up to 12 hours.
Certain procedures may be performed with local anesthesia. Your provider will discuss the necessity of this with you at your appointment prior to scheduling the procedure.