Post-Procedure Instruction

Post-Procedure Instruction

Post-Procedure Instruction

This applies to all procedures:

  • No driving today.
  • Resume your normal diet and current medications.
  • Maintain current activity level; no heavy lifting. Gently test your range of motion. Do not overdo it, even if you feel better initially.
  • For injection site pain, a cold compress is recommended.
  • Track your level of discomfort on the pain scale sheet; bring this sheet to your next appointment. You may also fax or mail it to your clinic.
  • If a local anesthetic was used in your injection, you may have an increase in previous numbness along with some temporary weakness. This should resolve within a few hours.
  • If a steroid was used in your injection, it may produce a flushing of the face, and even a restless night or two. You may also experience a general feeling of “restlessness.”
    • If you are diabetic, be aware that your blood sugars may be elevated for several days after your injection.
  • The anti-inflammatory medication used is a long-acting compound and you may not notice a change for a few days.
  • Be aware that one injection may not provide complete relief; more than one injection may be prescribed.
  • If your pain is resolved, please call your clinic for further instructions.
  • If you received a steroid injection, the effects may not be immediately apparent. It can take up to 10 days for you to obtain results.
  • While extremely unusual, contact us at 651-313-8250 if you have:
    • Severe pain
    • A fever of more than 100.5F for more than 24 hours.
    • Develop rash, hives, loss of bowel or bladder control.
    • Signs of infection at injection site: redness, swelling or drainage.

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