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 health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

After your procedure, it is typical to have minimal discomfort at the injection site.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Avoid the use of heat on the injection site for 1 day.

  • Do not take a tub bath or soak in water the day of the procedure.

  • Remove the bandage on the day after the procedure.

  • Resume your normal activities the day after the procedure.

  • Apply ice to reduce the soreness around the injection site:

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 20 minutes, 2–3 times a day.

  • Follow up with your health care provider 7–10 days after the procedure.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

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

  • You have significant nausea or vomiting.

  • You have a severe headache.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have severe pain at the injection site, which is not relieved by medicines.

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

  • You have any new numbness or weakness in your legs or arms.

  • You lose control over your bladder or bowel movements.

  • You have difficulty breathing.