A caudal injection is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to relieve lower back and lower extremity pain. The procedure involves the injection of steroid and anesthetic medications into the lowest part of the epidural space. Pain and symptoms like burning, numbness, tingling, and weakness are quickly reduced after the procedure. When used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan focused on treating the condition that causes lower back and lower extremity pain, a caudal injection can be extremely beneficial to patients. The spine surgeons at Hope Orthopedics specialize in caudal injection procedures.
A Caudal Injection Procedure at Hope Orthopedics
A caudal injection procedure is performed on an outpatient basis using only a mild sedative and a local anesthetic. Patients rest comfortably on their stomachs during the procedure. X-ray guidance is used to target the exact area where medications will be administered. A needle is gently guided into the area and the medications are slowly injected. The needle is removed. It leaves a very tiny mark that is easily covered using a Band-Aid. Total procedure time is approximately 30 minutes.
Patients will be monitored for a short period of time after their procedure. This is solely for precautionary measures. Patients may be driven home by a family member or friend once they are cleared by their specialist. Patients should rest at home after their procedure. The only activity that should be performed is light walking around the house. Patients may return to work and normal activities 24-hours after their procedure.
Pain and symptom relief after the procedure can occur very quickly. Results from the are only temporary; however, they may help patients cope with immediate pain while other treatment options gradually improve the underlying cause of it. In this regard, caudal injections can be an important part of effectively treating lower back and lower extremity pain. Patients who are interested in finding out if caudal injections are the right treatment option for their condition are encouraged to schedule an appointment with one of the spine specialists at Hope Orthopedics.