Caudal Steroid Injections Specialist in Flowood, MS
Caudal Steroid Injections in Flowood, MS
Common questions asked by patients: What are caudal steroid injections? What are the benefits? How do I prepare for my injection? What should I expect during recovery? For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment to discover more. We serve patients from Jackson MS, Pearl MS, Ridgeland MS, Clinton MS, Byram MS, Richland MS, Florence MS, Madison MS, and Fondren MS.
Do you experience severe inflammation and lower back pain? Caudal steroids are injected in the lower portion of the epidural space. Some of the conditions that can cause nerve discomfort such as Herniated disks, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, and spinal canal stenosis. Caudal steroid injections are offered by Dr. J. Edwin Dodd, M.D. a board-certified doctor in anesthesiology and pain management, to improve functionality and give long-lasting pain relief. To learn more benefits, contact us today or schedule an appointment to discover more. We are located at 1 Layfair Drive, Suite 400 Flowood, MS 39232.
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Caudal steroid injections are a type of epidural injection that delivers a corticosteroid medication to the caudal epidural space, which is the lower portion of the epidural space in the spinal column. The medication is used to reduce inflammation and pain in conditions such as sciatica, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis. The procedure is typically performed in a doctor’s office or outpatient setting and is considered a safe and effective treatment option for many patients.
Caudal steroid injections are commonly used to treat a variety of conditions that cause pain and inflammation in the lower back and legs, including:
Sciatica – A pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve.
Herniated discs – A bulging or ruptured discs in the spine that can compress nerves and cause pain.
Spinal stenosis – Due to this condition, the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves.
Degenerative disc disease – A condition in which the discs in the spine wear down and can cause pain.
Facet joint syndrome – A condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints that connect the vertebrae of the spine.
Spondylolisthesis – A condition in which one vertebra slips out of place on another vertebra, causing pain.
Caudal steroid injections may also be used to treat other conditions such as osteoarthritis, sacroiliac joint pain, and nerve pain. Caudal steroid injections can provide temporary pain relief, reduction in inflammation and allow more functional activity.
Here are some general guidelines for preparing for a caudal steroid injection:
1. Inform your doctor of any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbal remedies. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking particular medications before the procedure.
2. Inform your doctor of any allergies you have, especially to medications or local anesthetics.
3. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is easy to remove and put back on, as you will need to undress from the waist down for the procedure.
4. Plan to have someone drive you home after the procedure, as you may be groggy from the medication or local anesthetic.
5. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or if you have any other medical conditions that may affect the procedure.
6. Empty your bladder before the procedure, as the procedure may take some time, and you may not be able to use the bathroom during the procedure.
7. Do not eat or drink anything for a few hours before the procedure, if instructed by your doctor, as you may be given a sedative.
8. Be prepared to lie on your stomach during the procedure, which typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes.
You should also follow any other specific instructions that your doctor may provide you. It is always important to communicate with your doctor and ask any questions you may have to be prepared for the procedure.
Recovery from a caudal steroid injection can vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Here are some general things you can expect during recovery:
Discomfort – You may experience some soreness or discomfort at the injection site for a few days after the procedure.
Restricted activity – Your doctor may advise you to avoid certain activities, such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise, for a few days after the procedure.
Medication – You may be prescribed pain medication to help manage any discomfort you may experience during recovery.
Follow-up – Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress and discuss any additional treatment options.
Temporary side effects – Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, headache, or upset stomach during the first few days following the procedure.
Symptom improvement – Symptoms such as pain and inflammation should improve within a few days, although the full effects of the injection may take several weeks to become apparent.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and to communicate with them if you experience any unusual symptoms or pain during recovery. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment to discover more. We are located at 1 Layfair Drive, Suite 400 Flowood, MS 39232. We serve patients from Flowood MS, Jackson MS, Langford MS, Brandon MS, Pearl MS, Richland MS, Ridgeland MS, and the entire central Mississippi area.
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