Caudal Steroid Injection

Summary of Procedure: Caudal Steroid Injection

Many patients suffer from chronic back and limb pain. For these patients, a caudal steroid injection is a minimally invasive treatment option used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. The injection procedure utilizes a combination of anesthesia and a steroid to reduce pain in the area.

Many conditions cause chronic pain and inflammation, including but not limited to: bone spurs, herniated discs, and sciatica. Caudal steroid injections are performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing most patients to return home the same day.

For the procedure, a Carolina Spine and Pain Center physician will prep the area by sanitizing it and dispensing a local anesthetic to reduce pain. The physician will then insert a needle through the sacral hiatus (an opening at the lower end of the sacrum) and inject a contrast dye.

A type of live x-Ray called a fluoroscope will then be used to target the correct location for the treatment needle. The physician will then inject the steroid-anesthetic mixture into the affected nerves. The treatment needle is removed and a bandage will be placed over the injection site.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Caudal Steroid Injection

Immediately following the procedure, patients are sent to a recovery room where vitals are closely monitored. Once cleared by the physician, patients are sent home with after-care instructions to ensure the best recovery. Patients will be instructed to clean and change their bandage at least once daily, rest, and to properly hydrate to aid in the healing process.

To manage any post-procedure pain, patients may use ice packs and/or take over-the-counter pain relievers. If patients experience any fever, redness, increased pain, or swelling at the injection site, they should call Carolina Spine and Pain Centers immediately.

To learn if caudal steroid injections are right for you, call a physician at the Carolina Spine and Pain Centers. We have several locations throughout South Carolina. Get in touch with us by calling 864-535-0144 or filling out an appointment request form on our contact page.

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