Caudal steroid injections are given when radiating back and leg pain is generated from the lower part of the lumbar region (tailbone area). This injection is similar to the lumbar epidural steroid injections with the exception of needle entry site and no catheter inserted. The procedure for the caudal epidural steroid injection utilizes the needle entry through a small opening in the caudal canal at the base of the spinal canal just above the tailbone.
The purpose for a caudal epidural steroid injection is that supplies anesthetic relief and reduced inflamation to the lowest of lumbar back pain as well as the coccyx (tailbone) and groin areas. The difference between this type of epidural and lumbar steroid epidurals besides the entry point the procedure calls for a single-injection technique and a catheter is not normally placed and is a simple 1cc injection.
As with other epidural types of injection, the duration of pain relief is variable and dependent upon the severity of the condition and the degenerative nature of the disorder. The procedure is performed in-house and reduction in pain is within hours after the procedure.