Epidural Steroid Injection

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Avoid the use of heat on the injection site for a day.

  • Do not have a tub bath or soak in water for the rest of the day.

  • Remove the bandage on the next day.

  • Resume your normal activities on the next day.

  • Use ice packs or mild pain relievers to reduce the soreness around the injection site.

  • Follow up with your caregiver 7 to 10 days after the procedure.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a fever of more than 100.5° F (38.1° C).

  • You continue to have pain and soreness over the injection site even after taking medicines.

  • You develop significant nausea or vomiting.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have severe back pain, which is not relieved by medicines.

  • You develop severe headache, stiff neck, or sensitivity to light.

  • You develop any new numbness or weakness of your legs.

  • You lose control over your bladder or bowel movements.

  • You develop a fever of more than 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You develop difficulty breathing.