FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AFTER YOUR STEROID INJECTION
When can I start taking my anti-inflammatory medication? (ie. Motrin, Alleve, Naprosyn, Voltaren, Ralafen, etc.?)
You can start your anti-inflammatory medication any time after the injection. Your physician may instruct you to stop the anti-inflammatory medication prior to the injection to decrease the risk of bleeding.
When can I start taking my blood thinner/anticoagulant medication? (ie. Plavix, Coumadin, Eliquis, aspirin?)
You can start taking your blood thinner medication any time after the injection. Your physician may instruct you to stop the blood thinner prior to the injection to decrease the risk of bleeding.
When should I start to feel improvement in my pain?
We inject the mixture of steroid with local anesthetic (numbing medication). You may feel some improvement immediately after the injection due to the numbing medication which works quickly. The numbing medication only works for several hours and then wears off. You may feel your pain return, and this is normal. It can take up to 10 days for the steroid to have its full analgesic effect.
How long will I get relief from the injection?
Everyone responds differently. It is possible that you may get no improvement in pain. However, most people get some relief that can last from several hours up to 1 year. Usually, patients feel better for several months.
Are there activity restrictions after the injection?
We recommend you go home and take it easy for the rest of the day. You may feel a little sore at the injection site, and also conscious sedation may make you feel sleepy. You can return to normal activity the next day.
Who should I contact if I have a problem or question regarding my procedure?
We recommend that you contact the physician who performed your procedure:
- Dr. Downing: (302) 478-7001
- Dr. Witherill: (302) 478-7001
- Dr. Ginsberg: (302) 731-2888
- Dr. Moran: (302) 731-2888
- Dr. Newell: (302) 731-2888
- Dr. Lingenfelter: (302) 731-2888
- Dr. Zaslavsky: (302) 731-2888
- Dr. Scott Roberts: (302) 623-4144