Home Care after Thoracic/Lumbar Discography
The doctor has done a discography to assess your disc at level ____________ .
You can expect to have
- Soreness in your back where the needles were placed.
- A stiff back and leg.
- Pain when you stand or sit for a long time or when you bend over.
- Feel worse before you start to feel better.
These symptoms should go away within the first week. Take all of your medicines as you have been doing.
If your back pain is the same or better, you can return to your normal routine. If your back feels worse, you should
- Rest your back for the next few days.
- Put ice on the site for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off as needed.
- Take your pain medicines as instructed.
No baths or soaking of the site for 24 hours. Taking a shower is okay.
You will be given a pain log to complete for the next 14 days. Complete this form and make a copy for your own records. Then, mail it back to us in the pre-paid envelope we gave you. We will need this information to decide the next step in your treatment plan.
If you have any questions or need to make a follow-up appointment to discuss your results, please contact your referring physician within 2-4 weeks after the injection. Your doctor will have the report within 7-10 days.
Signs of infection
- Fever greater than 100.4° F by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Increased redness, swelling around the site
- Any drainage from the site
If you have any new symptoms or signs of infection, please call
Dr Sehgal – (608) 263-9550
Dr Leonard – (608) 265-3207
Dr Simhan – (608) 263-9550
Dr Holz – (608) 265-3207
After hours, nights and weekends, call (608)-262-0486 or if you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942 - ask for the rehabilitation doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 11/15/2013
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