Pain that spreads from your lower back down your legs is called sciatica or radicular pain. If you have this type of pain, an epidural injection may help you. This injection can be given at different points along your back, depending on the affected area. An injection in your lower back is called a lumbar epidural and an injection at the bottom of your spine is called a caudal epidural.
A lumbar or caudal epidural injection contains a local anaesthetic to numb your pain and a steroid called cortisone to help reduce swelling and inflammation.
The medicines are injected into the area surrounding the nerves in your lower back. This common procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes. It may give you short-term pain relief and make it easier to move your lower back and legs. The Orthopaedics Department at Highgate diagnoses and treats all types of problems affecting the spine. Our leading spinal team ensure that you get the best possible care from your diagnosis to rehabilitation.
At Highgate Private Hospital, we understand that spinal problems are a common cause of pain, reduced mobility and loss of earnings. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for a lumbar or caudal epidural injection and one follow-up appointment. Prices start from £1,242 (terms and conditions apply). For more information, please call our self-pay advisers on 020 3918 9463. You can find more details about an epidural for pain relief here.