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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Pain Management Procedures

Caudal Injection

Overview
“Caudal” means tail in Latin, which the medical world uses very frequently in its terminology.  The caudal injection is the safest approach in the options of injections. The caudal injection can effectively treat pain associated with radiating symptoms; for example, low back pain that runs down the leg. It can be used to help treat pain associated with disc herniation and different kinds of spinal stenosis. Injections are considered after conservative treatments such as physical therapy and medications have failed.

Procedure
The Caudal injection is an injection of steroids and local anesthetic into the epidural space in the lumbar (lower back) area, at the area of the tailbone. The epidural space is a space that is in between the spinal canal and the outside membrane. The patient is lying flat on their belly and a needle is inserted in the tailbone area. The procedure uses fluoroscopy; a machine that allows the physician to physically watch the needle has it is guided into the epidural space. Once the needle in placed, the physician injects steroids into the epidural space. The type and amount of steroids used is dependent on each performing physician. 

How does it Work?
The steroid is used to reduce the inflammation and/or swelling of the nerves in the epidural space, to therefore reduce pain, tingling, and numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve inflammation, irritation, or swelling. Pain relief occurs when the corticosteroid is administered in the correct level.

After the Procedure
You will be unable to drive for the remainder of the day following a caudal epidural injection. It is best to have someone else drive you home and accompany you to your home. This person should also be available to you should you require assistance at any time after your procedure.

For a better understanding of interventional pain treatment services, contact the healthcare professionals at Minimally Invasive Pain Institute.  They can help customize a treatment for you and your acute or chronic pain condition. To find out if you are a good candidate, or for more information on this and other pain treatment services, read on or contact our pain management center.  Together, we’ll help you find the relief you need for the quality of life you deserve.