Though the procedure itself is quick, we recommend patients rest and recover at home and not return to work the day of the injection. They may resume normal activity the following day. The low back may be sore after the procedure as the anesthetic wears off, but it shouldn’t last more than a couple of days. Pain relief is typically felt within three days or sooner after the injection. The length of its effectiveness varies from a few weeks to a few months. The procedure can be repeated as necessary.
Patients experiencing increased pain, excessive redness, swelling or infection should call The Spine & Pain Center immediately. Follow up appointments are also necessary to allow our physicians to gauge the effectiveness of the injections or if the procedure is for diagnostic purposes. If the injection has little effect on reducing the pain, another part of the body may be causing the symptoms.