INJECTIONS FOR YOUR BACK & NECK
- CERVICAL EPIDURAL
- CERVICALFACET BLOCKS
- LUMBAR EPIDURAL
- FACET BLOCKS
- ROOT BLOCKS
A lumbar caudal epidural steroid injection is an outpatient procedure for treating low back and leg pain.
Facet & root blocks are injection into a specific joints of spine and along the nerve roots as required.
In a lumbar epidural injection, an anti-inflammatory medicine is injected into the epidural space to reduce inflammation. A local anesthetic (numbing medicine) may also be injected. When the injection is done through the bony opening in your tailbone then this is called a caudal epidural injection. An injection in a joint of the back is called a facet joint injection. An injection along the nerve root sleeve is called a root block.
Getting Ready for Treatment :
• Provide a list of all medicines you take, including aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs.
• Don’t eat 6 hours before the injection but you can have a light drink 4 hours before injection.
• Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after the procedure.
• Bring all X-ray & MRI images on the day of the procedure
• You need to stop blood thinning drugs like asprin, clopidogriel etc. 5 – 7 days before the injection. But consult your cardiologist before hand.
During the Procedure:
The injection takes just a few minutes. But extra time is needed to get ready. Alocal anesthetic will be used to numb your skin. The doctor will then insert a thin needle directly into the epidural space. A type of X-ray or C-arm may be used to ensure the safe and proper position of the needle. Contrast “dye” may be injected into your back, this helps get a better image. Once the doctor is sure the needle is correctly placed the medicine will be injected.