Spinal Injection

Care After

These instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE

  • Do not drive or use any machinery for the next 24 hours (1 day).

  • Do not do any hard, physical activity for the next 24 hours.

  • Do not use a heating pad or warm washcloth on the place where you got your shot (injection) for the next 24 hours.

  • You may take a shower. Do not take a tub bath, soak in water, or go swimming for the next 24 hours.

  • You may go back to eating as usual.

  • You may take off any bandages the next morning.

  • Make a follow-up appointment in 4 to 6 weeks.

SIDE EFFECTS THAT COULD HAPPEN UP TO 4 HOURS AFTER YOUR SHOT:

  • If you have leg weakness or numbness, have someone help you walk. If the weakness or numbness does not go away, or if it gets worse, go to the emergency room.

  • If you have dizziness, lie down right away. This usually helps. Sit up slowly, and then when you have been sitting for 10 minutes, stand up.

  • If you have a mild headache, drink fluids (especially drinks with caffeine) and take medication. Only take medicine as told by your doctor. Tell your doctor or nurse if the headache does not go away, or if it becomes worse.

  • When the medicine used to numb your skin (anesthesia) wears off, you may feel some pain where you had the shot. It usually only lasts for a few days. You may put ice over the place where you had the shot. Keep a towel between your skin and the ice. This will protect your skin. Leave the ice on for 20 minutes at a time, and let at least 2 hours go by between times when you use the ice.

  • You may feel minor back pain and stiffness at the site of the shot. Call your doctor if this pain gets worse or does not improve. You may feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit) several hours after the shot. If this happens, try drinking small amounts of clear liquids until you feel better. If you continue to feel sick to your stomach or throw up, get help right away.

The steroid you may have got takes a few days to start working, so your pain may not get better for a few days. The shot usually helps leg pain more than back pain. The shot will not fix what is causing the pain, but may take away some of the pain. This pain relief may last from 2 weeks to 6 months.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a very bad pain, headache, or neck pain or stiffness.

  • There is a change in the way you see things (double or blurry vision).

  • You have a fever or chills.

  • The place around where you had the shot becomes red or puffs (swells) up.

  • You get weaker.

  • You are not able to control when you pee (urinate) or poop (bowel movements).

  • You are not able to pee, even though it feels like you have to.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.