How long does the effect last?
The effect might last a few hours to a few weeks or much longer. Pain relief in the first couple of hours after the injection is the most important as this tells us our diagnosis is likely correct. If the symptoms do return, we will discuss options available for continued pain relief, which may include repeating the injection for additive benefit.
What is the next step after the injection?
You will be given a pain log to complete after the procedure. This will help us to measure your response to the injection and determine the next most appropriate plan of care.
What are the risks and side effects?
Serious side effects and complications are rare. The most common problem after the injection is having pain near the site of the injection for a few days. The other complications are infection, bleeding and nerve injury. These complications are minimized by stopping the blood thinners, using sterile technique, and fluoroscopy for X-ray needle guidance.