A caudal epidural steroid injection is able to disseminate the cortisone medication to multiple levels of the spine allowing it to bathe nerve roots that are being compressed at multiple levels.
Outcomes from epidural steroid injections for spinal stenosis have been shown to be excellent in multiple research studies. Typically satisfactory results can be achieved in over 75% of patients (Botwin et al, 2002 Am J Phys Med Rehabil). If the results wear off after a few months, the injections may be repeated.
If all of the conservative measures fail and as a quality-of-life decision an individual desires surgical treatment, the typical surgery is a laminectomy procedure where the compressive structural elements are removed. Whether or not a spinal fusion is added to the procedure is controversial and that should be discussed with the specific surgeon involved.
If you suffer from spinal stenosis and would like comprehensive nonsurgical pain management treatment, Arizona Pain Specialists can help. Arizona Pain has clinics throughout the Valley and accepts all major insurance as well as Medicare and some of the AHCCCS plans.
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