RANDALL F. DRYER, M.D.
TOP RATED U.S. SPINE SURGEON
Relieve Back Pain Through Epidural Steroid Injections
People suffering from back pain can seek relief at Austin’s Central Texas Spine Institute, where caudal epidural steroid injections can be administered safely and effectively. This non-surgical procedure takes only a few minutes, and many patients experience back pain relief right away.
During the epidural steroid injection procedure, an anesthetic steroid medication is delivered to inflamed nerve roots in the lower spine. After administering a local anesthetic to numb the skin and intervening tissue, your spine health specialist inserts a long, flexible needle through an opening in the sacrum. The sacrum is a bone plate at the back of the pelvis, just above the tailbone. To check for proper placement, a small amount of contrast solution is sent through the needle. An imaging device called a fluoroscope is then used to view the solution’s location in your body, and adjustments are made to the needle’s position if necessary.
Once the needle is properly positioned, the anesthetic steroid solution is injected, bathing the irritated nerve roots and producing immediate back pain relief in many patients. Occasionally a patient may need to return for one or more additional injections before they experience results. Caudal epidural steroid injection is not a treatment for every type of back pain, and you will need to talk to a professional spinal expert to determine if it’s the right treatment for you. Let us take your back pain away and put you on the path to a strong, healthy spine. Contact the Central Texas Spine Institute with any questions you may have about our treatments and the health of your spine.