Post Procedure Instructions


What should I expect after the injection?

Immediately after the procedure, you may feel your legs slightly heavy and they may be numb. Also, you may notice that your pain may be gone or quite less. This is due to the local anesthetic injected. This will last only a few hours. Your pain will return and you may have a “sore back” for a day or two. This is due to the mechanical process of needle insertion as well as initial irritation from the steroid itself. You should start noticing pain relief starting the third (3) day or so.

What should I expect after the procedure?

We advise the patients to take it easy for a day or so after the procedure. Perform the activities as tolerated by you. If you have your procedure at a surgery center or hospital, you will need a driver.

Can I go back to work the next day?

You should be able to unless the procedure was complicated. Usually you will feel some back pain or have a “sore back” only.

How long will the effect of the medication last?

The immediate effect is usually from the local anesthetic injected. This wears off in a few hours. The cortisone starts working in about 3-5 days and its effect can last for several days to a few months.

What are the risks and side effects?

Generally speaking, the procedures are safe. However, with any procedure there are risks, side effects, and possibility of complications. The most common side effect is pain – which is temporary. The other risk involves spinal puncture with headaches, infection, bleeding inside the epidural space with nerve damage, worsening of symptoms, etc. The other risks are related to the side effects of cortisone. These include weight gain, increase in blood sugar (mainly in diabetics), water retention, suppression of body’s own natural production of cortisone, etc.

Who should not have an injection?

If you are allergic to any of the medications to be injected, if you are on a blood thinning medication (e.g. Coumadin, Plavix), or if you have an active infection going on, you should not have the injection.

What should I expect after the injection?

Immediately after the procedure, you may feel your legs slightly heavy and they may be numb. Also, you may notice that your pain may be gone or quite less. This is due to the local anesthetic injected. This will last only a few hours. Your pain will return and you may have a “sore back” for a day or two. This is due to the mechanical process of needle insertion as well as initial irritation from the steroid itself. You should start noticing pain relief starting the third (3) day or so.

What should I expect after the procedure?

We advise the patients to take it easy for a day or so after the procedure. Perform the activities as tolerated by you.

What should I expect after the procedure?

We advise the patients to take it easy for a day or so after the procedure. Perform the activities as tolerated by you.