The classic approach, that was always used in the past, is injecting the medicine into the mid-line of the spine in the front. The problem with this is that the pain’s source is in the back of the spine, so it may take two or three injections before the medicine can reach the pain and make an impact.
The approach that is now widely used for epidural injections is the Transforaminal Injection.
With this type, it puts the injection in the side of the spine between the vertebrae. It gets the medicine straight to the source of the pain, so most people only require one injection. However, there are cases where two are still necessary.
At the base of the spine is a small opening in the sacrum near the tailbone. A Caudal Injection uses a very tiny needle to go up through the opening and shoot the medication upward.
This is a great solution if you’ve had any kind of back surgery. A Caudal Injection bypasses the fusions or scar tissue around the spine.
Caudal Injections are also a preferred treatment for Severe Spinal Stenosis.
How Long do Epidural Injections Last?
Typically the effectiveness of an epidural injection lasts 3-6 months. Some patients experience more or less time than this for pain relief.
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