Caudal injections may be an option for those suffering from back pain. Back pain can wreak havoc on your overall quality of life, whether caused by injury, trauma, or illness. It’s the leading cause of disability worldwide. Many people who live with back pain have tried many treatments, only to be disappointed.
However, new research has found that spinal injections are amongst the most effective treatments for low back pain, helping to address the root cause of the pain.
Caudal injections (or caudal epidural steroid injections) have become one of the most common alternative treatments for back pain. Typically, Dr. Atwater recommends spinal injection for individuals experiencing lower back pain caused by any of the following conditions:
- Herniated disc
- Bone spurs
- Bulging disc
- Spinal stenosis
What are Caudal Injections?
Caudal injections are administered into the epidural space in the low back. See this video for more info. This area is very important, as it protects the spinal cord and any surrounding nerves from damage and injury. The discs in the lumbar region are susceptible to wear-and-tear, often leading to chronic lower back and leg pain.
A caudal injection may help relieve this type of back pain and other symptoms because of the steroid medication that helps reduce inflammation. Once administered, the steroid medication moves along the spinal canal, soothing the nerve roots and protecting the injured area.
What Are the Benefits?
Caudal injections are known for their fast-acting healing abilities. Many back-pain patients report experiencing long-term relief after just one session, while others need to come in for a series of injections before they notice a difference.
The good news is that the procedure only takes a few minutes and can be done right here in Dr. Atwater’s office. Some of the other benefits of caudal injections include:
- Can help relieve low back pain
- Far less invasive than surgery
- Fewer risks than back surgery
- Fast recovery period
- The procedure only takes a few minutes and can be performed in-house
Are There Any Risks?
Although caudal injections are quite safe, some risks come along with all types of spinal injections:
- Nerve problems
- Prolonged feelings of numbness
- Increased pain
- A ‘spinal headache’ that comes on shortly after the injection
If you have any questions about these risks and side effects, please do not hesitate to contact our clinic.
What Can I Expect?
When a patient comes into our clinic for caudal injections, he or she will begin by lying on their abdomen. Once relaxed, Dr. Atwater will numb your lower back with a local anesthetic. At this point, we will insert a needle just above the tailbone, injecting a mixture of anesthetic and steroid into the area.
Are Caudal Injections Right for You?
The effectiveness of a caudal epidural spinal injection will depend on the root cause of your pain. However, most people experience relief within just 30 minutes! If you’ve been dealing with severe low back pain for more than four weeks, caudal injections may be right for you. Additionally, if you have tried other treatment methods for back pain with no luck, it may be time to consider this highly-effective epidural injection.
Back pain is no laughing matter and is something that millions of Americans deal with every day. If you are tired of living in pain and would like to learn more about what you can expect with caudal injections, please contact Ortho Spine America today.