If you undergo a procedure for your pain, it's important to know what to expect after you go home. Please note that it may take up to a full week after the injection of steroid medication to reap the full benefit of the medication.

Some of the medicine we use for our procedures may contain local anesthetic and possibly some steroid medication. As a result, you should have decreased pain and possibly some numbness for four to eight hours after.

You may have some pain and tenderness at the injection site and/or some temporary increase in your own pain, but that should return to normal within one or two days. You may use ice for a maximum of 10 minutes or apply warm, moist heat three to four times a day or whenever your pain flairs up.

Please make arrangements for someone drive you home following your procedure, and you should not drive for 24 hours. Additionally, resting and avoiding stress or physical work is important for the rest of the day.

If you have an epidural, facet joint injection, or transforaminal steroid injection, you may experience weakness and/or numbness in your arms or legs. DO NOT use stairs or engage in strenuous activities until the numbness has completely worn off and full strength has returned. Your arms or legs may be weak for up to 8 hours.

If, for any reason, you experience any of these conditions following your procedure, please call our office during hours of operation or seek immediate help from your family physician.

  • Severe headache
  • Redness, swelling, drainage, or bleeding at the injection site
  • Adverse reaction to the medication
  • Inability to move arms and legs completely
  • Numbness or tingling that persists beyond 24 hours

Please call 911 if you develop DIFFICULTY BREATHING or SHORTNESS OF BREATH.