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What is the difference between a labor epidural and a lower back epidural?

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Dr. Thomas Oliverson
Anesthesiology
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In brief: A labor epidural

Is administered in the lower back, usually at the l3-l4 interspace.
So technically they are one in the same. Occasionally, caudal epidurals are given in pain management and in children, where medicines are injected at a hole in the bottom of the spinal canal, called the sacral hiatus. This practice has not been used in labor anesthesia for many years.

In brief: A labor epidural

Is administered in the lower back, usually at the l3-l4 interspace.
So technically they are one in the same. Occasionally, caudal epidurals are given in pain management and in children, where medicines are injected at a hole in the bottom of the spinal canal, called the sacral hiatus. This practice has not been used in labor anesthesia for many years.
Dr. Thomas Oliverson
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
I assume you are asking about an epidural steroid injection compared to a labor epidural. There is no steroid in a labor epidural .
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Also a labor epidural is usually a continuous infusion compared to a single shot technique used for an epidural steroid injection.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
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In brief: See below

A labor epidural is used to provide analgesia for childbirth.
Local anesthetics are infused into the space putting to sleep the spinal nerves to the pelvic region. An epidural steroid injection is used for treatment of back pain. In this case, steroids mixed with saline are placed into the epidural space with the intention of coating the spinal nerves with a potent anti-inflammatory.

In brief: See below

A labor epidural is used to provide analgesia for childbirth.
Local anesthetics are infused into the space putting to sleep the spinal nerves to the pelvic region. An epidural steroid injection is used for treatment of back pain. In this case, steroids mixed with saline are placed into the epidural space with the intention of coating the spinal nerves with a potent anti-inflammatory.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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