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For how long does a caudal epidural steroid injection provide pain relief for compressed disks at l4/l5?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Epidural injections have a variable relief pattern and it really depends on the steroid used and location of pathology.
Typically epidural injections work best if placed next to or on top of the level of pathology. Caudal epidural injections are several levels below l4/l5 and sometimes may not provide adequate relief. Epidural injections if they work can provide from weeks to months of relief.

In brief: Depends

Epidural injections have a variable relief pattern and it really depends on the steroid used and location of pathology.
Typically epidural injections work best if placed next to or on top of the level of pathology. Caudal epidural injections are several levels below l4/l5 and sometimes may not provide adequate relief. Epidural injections if they work can provide from weeks to months of relief.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Variable

Many of the patients who receive these injections for management of their chronic back pain enjoy improved function and diminished pain for years and can benefit from additional procedures for prolonged relief

In brief: Variable

Many of the patients who receive these injections for management of their chronic back pain enjoy improved function and diminished pain for years and can benefit from additional procedures for prolonged relief
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on the

Underlying pathology, disc rupture verse foraminal narrowing vs stenosis, which could all be related to collapsed disc.
It should give you at least a couple weeks of pain relief, long enough to get through some physical therapy. Sometimes, if it is transient inflammation, the steroids can give long term relief, from a few months to resolving the pain. It just depends on the injury itself.

In brief: Depends on the

Underlying pathology, disc rupture verse foraminal narrowing vs stenosis, which could all be related to collapsed disc.
It should give you at least a couple weeks of pain relief, long enough to get through some physical therapy. Sometimes, if it is transient inflammation, the steroids can give long term relief, from a few months to resolving the pain. It just depends on the injury itself.
Dr. Robert Kent
Dr. Robert Kent
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