Bursa injection therapy begins as the doctors at The Pain & Spine Center use a local anesthetic that numbs the injection site and minimizes injection pain. Once the area has become numb, the injection is inserted into the inflamed area of the body.
The minimally invasive procedure is administered in the office and takes only a few minutes to complete. Patients remain conscious through the injection and are released immediately following. Most patients will feel immediate relief as a result of the anesthetic, but the pain will likely return shortly thereafter. However, as the steroid medication is released into the afflicted area and takes effect, the bursa pain should subside.
Following the bursa injection, patients can resume normal activities. We recommend rest and to avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours following the bursa injection. Also immediately following the injection, patients sometimes feel numbness and tingling at the injection site with minimal pain. Don’t be alarmed, it could take up to a week for the steroid medication to begin its work. However, if there isn’t any relief after two weeks, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician at The Spine & Pain Center. An alternative treatment modality for your bursa pain may be recommended.