Caudal epidural injections

Caudal Epidural injections consist of an injection of an anti-inflammatory (cortisone) into the lumbar-sacral part of the spinal canal, which is in the lower back. The cortisone lessens the inflammation of the nerves which travel from the lower back and into the legs, allowing the body to heal itself. Patients may see improvements within 3 to 7 days of their first injection and, if necessary, they can be repeated up to three times total on a 2 to 4 week schedule. Some patients may find that a single injection is all that is required. Our office performs these injections with ultrasound guidance, which ensures that the injection is placed with 100% accuracy. We offer this important benefit to our patients because a standard epidural injection is only approximately 70% accurate, even in the most experienced hands.

Patients may notice some short term numbness in their buttocks or legs after the injection and a slight increase in pain for a few days after the anesthetic wears off. Patients should rest for the day after their injection and avoid strenuous activities.

We offer caudal epidural injections to patients suffering from coccydynia, spine pain, osteoarthritis of the spine, lumbago, cervical, thoracic and lumbar radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, and failed back syndrome.



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