Caudal Steroid Injection
What can a caudal steroid injection do for you?
Many people who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area suffer from lower back pain. It tends to affect the small of the back but sometimes, the pain can be lower. Most people don’t realize how far the spine extends into the lower back but when issues in that part of the spine occur, it can put pressure on a nerve root, including the possibility of putting pressure on the sciatic nerve. This can result in some serious symptoms that can be debilitating.
When a nerve root, which runs out of the spinal column, gets irritated because of a herniated disc or perhaps a bone spur, it can lead to inflammation, irritation, and damage. As a result, you may experience pain in the area where the nerve is being irritated but you may also experience radiating pain that goes out from the nerve itself and perhaps down the legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and it runs through the lower back and down the back of the legs. If any part of the sciatic nerve experiences compression, it can affect the entire nerve.
As a Dallas neurosurgeon, Dr. Kaufman can help with this type of back pain. He is the premier resource in the Dallas-Fort Worth area because he has performed many complicated spinal surgeries and has both the knowledge and experience to help with your spine problem. In the case of sciatica, one of the options that may be offered is a caudal steroid injection. This may help to relieve the pain you are experiencing allow you to get back to your day-to-day life again. What is this type of injection and how does it help?
How a Fort Worth neurosurgeon helps with lower back pain
The medication that is being injected in this type of injection is a steroid medication. It can help to reduce the inflammation that is in the area, perhaps even removing the pressure that is being placed on the sciatic nerve. There is also typically another medication that is included in the injection that will give you relief immediately from the pain you are experiencing. Regardless of whether it is a herniated disc, bone spur or any other problem, this injection may be able to provide temporary relief that could last for months in some cases.
A thin needle is injected into the back, above the area of the tailbone. Dye will be injected to ensure that the caudal space is being affected directly and at that point, a steroid drug will be injected into the area. In most cases, the procedure can be performed in a minimal amount of time, typically about 20 minutes. You will not need to stay overnight in the hospital in most cases.
When Dr. Kaufman performs this injection, many people experience relief within 30 minutes but there may continue to be some pain for some time until the steroid starts to work.