CAUDAL STEROID INJECTION
Physicians widely use the caudal steroid injection to treat any of the following:
Severe lower back pain that may radiate down the leg/s
Coccydynia, pain in the tailbone caused by trauma, and
Leg pain after previous back surgery
During this session, the patient lies down with the face down. The back is supported by placing a cushion beneath the stomach to reduce the pain during the session and to arch the back. A fluoroscope is used by the physician in this process to find the opening in the sacrum.
Once the opening is found, a needle is injected in the area and contrast solution is supplied to clearly see the affected area. A catheter may be used to reach the site of problem. The epidural space is then injected with the anti-flammatory medicine to treat the pain.
A caudal steroid injection is likely to provide significant improvement after the first session, but may need be repeated up to three times for longer pain relief.