This pain management procedure is used to relieve low back, radiating leg pain and coccydynia. The steroids can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by stenosis, radiculopathy, sciatica and herniated discs.
During the caudal steroid injection a patient lays face down and a cushion is placed under the stomach to arch the back and for comfort. A physician uses fluoroscope to find the small opening at the base of sacrum.
Local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and tissue down to the surface of sacral hiatus. After needle is carefully placed in the area of 1-2 cm a contrast solution is used to help physician to see painful areas using fluoroscope. Then a mixture of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medicine is injected into epidural space, bathing the painful area in medication. The needle is removed and a small bandage is used to cover the tiny surface wound.
Most patients have significant relief after one or two caudal steroid injections but it might be necessary to repeat the procedure several times to get full benefit from medication.
You can take caudal steroid injection at our clinic in following locations in NY(NYC): Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Morganville, NJ.
CAUDAL STEROID INJECTION SIDE EFFECTS:
Common side effects could be compared with common injection side effects, i.e. allergic reaction, bacterial infection, bleeding in seldom cases. Steroids side effects are face, eyes, arms, legs swelling, sugar level increasing for diabetic patients.
The patient must inform the physician about pregnancy or if he/she takes blood thinning medication.