What should I do after the procedure?

It is advised that you rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day of the procedure. Patients may have some soreness or aching at the injection site, or they may feel completely normal.

Most people are able to resume their normal activities the next day.

Postoperative Instructions for Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection:

1) Rest is recommended for the rest of the day of your procedure.

2) First, place a thin, wet towel over the area of the injection. On top of the towel, place an ice bag for 20 minutes, 3 times per day. Continue to do this for 1 to 3 days following the procedure. This will reduce local injection soreness.

3) You may resume a regular diet and previous medications after the procedure.

4) Avoid vigorous activity, including excessive exercise, even if you are feeling better, for at least 1 week following the procedure. You may resume a low intensity rehabilitation program 48 hours after the procedure, according to the guidelines of your physician or physical therapist.

5) Schedule a one-week follow-up appointment with your physician, if you have concerns.

6) You may experience aching in the region of the injection and an increase in extremity pain for 2 to 7 days following the procedure. Improvement in your baseline pain level may be noticeable in 3 to 5 days or may take up to 2 weeks.

7) If you should experience progressive pain, weakness or numbness, contact your physician.

8) Keep a record of your pain level and bring to your next physician visit. Rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 where "0" represents no pain at all and "10" represents the worst imaginable pain. Rate only the pain relating to the area injected as shown below:

__ pain level before the injection
__ 1 hour after the injection
__ 2 hours after the injection
__ 4 hours after the injection
__ 6 hours after the injection
__ 1 day after the injection
__ 3 days after the injection
__ 7 days after the injection