If you have lived with lower back pain or pain in your legs for three months or longer, you may be suffering from chronic pain that develops in the lowest portion of your spine. To help residents of Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas of central Florida with this type of discomfort, Central Florida Pain Management offers caudal steroid injections.
What Are Caudal Steroid Injections?
Caudal steroid injections help with inflammation around the nerves of the caudal section of your spine that ends with the tailbone. Nerve compression from a herniated disc, injury, or overuse in this area may cause leg pain and discomfort in the lower back.
What Are the Benefits of Caudal Steroid Injections?
Caudal steroid injections reduce the discomfort that you are experiencing so you can return to your normal activities without any issues. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require any downtime.
Am I a Candidate for Caudal Steroid Injections?
Pain in your legs and lower back affects how you perform daily tasks, as well as the time you feel well enough to spend with friends and family. If you have lived with pain in the lower back or legs for more than three months, or if you have been diagnosed with a disorder of the nerves in the caudal area of your spine, schedule a consultation to find out if caudal steroid injections are right for you.
How Are Caudal Steroid Injections Performed?
Medication that contains a numbing agent and steroids is loaded into a syringe with a hollow needle, and the area is numbed with a local anesthesia. We use various imaging technologies to carefully guide the needle along a path to the nerve root. The medication is slowly injected into the nerve. A mild pressure and slight stinging sensation may occur as the medication is administered.
What is Recovery Like After Caudal Steroid Injections?
Caudal steroid injections do not require downtime. Some patients note that their pain is reduced immediately after the injection. The steroids can take a few days to start working, and full results typically develop in about seven to 10 days.
What is the Prognosis After Caudal Steroid Injections?
Many patients only need one caudal steroid injection to achieve the desired improvement in chronic pain. If you do have pain after the treatment, we can administer another dose. Once the inflammation subsides, you should feel less discomfort compared to how you felt before your treatment.
Central Florida Pain Management offers caudal steroid injections for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and the nearby communities in central Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.