Home Care after an Injection Procedure
Home Care after ________________________.
The doctor has done an injection in your _______________ to decrease pain and inflammation. This may help find the source of your pain.
You may feel sore at the injection site for the next 2-4 days. For the first 24 hours, if needed, you may apply ice to the site for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to decrease pain and discomfort. After 24 hours, you may use heat if needed.
Your pain may subside right away, or it may take a number of days. There may be a time after the local anesthetic wears off that you feel like you have more pain. This is called a pain flare. If this happens
- Limit your activities for the first 24 hours to those that you can do without pain.
- Keep on taking your pain medicine as prescribed.
You may resume taking your routine medicines after the procedure. This includes your pain medicine.
You may have some weakness for the next 3-5 hours so be careful. No baths or soaking of the site for the next 24 hours. Taking a shower is okay.
You will be given a pain log to complete for the next 14 days. Complete this form. 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) 263-8632
Dr. Holz (608) 263-8632
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: 11/05/2012
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