Caudal epidural for pain management

A steroid injection to give pain relief

An epidural for pain management involves injecting a mix of local anaesthetic and steroids into an area near your spinal cord

Having an epidural

During a caudal epidural, an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as hydrocortisone, is injected round the areas of inflammation in the spinal canal. This injection is used when nerves in the lower back are inflamed due to irritation from either spinal stenosis (a degenerative narrowing of the spinal canal) or a spinal disc prolapse.

It can give you very effective relief during periods of acute pain as part of a comprehensive programme which includes stretching and strengthening exercises.

Need to know

  • What happens during an epidural injection? icon plus

    There are different types of epidural injections depending on whereabouts it is given. An epidural can reduce pain in the back or legs, and may help the injury to heal by reducing inflammation.

    You’ll usually be given a local anaesthetic first to number the area. Your consultant will use the latest scanning equipment to ensure the injection is guided to the correct spot. They will inject an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as cortisone, directly into the epidural space in the spine. 
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and let you know how to prepare.
  • After an epidural injection icon plus

    You won't need to stay overnight following an epidural injection for pain relief. It can take a up to a month before you feel the effects of the steroid. Your consultant will let you know how to gradually build up how much much you can do.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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