Post Procedure Instructions

  • Continue usual activities for 2-3 days, avoiding lifting more than weight of gallon of milk. You may need to take days off from work if your work is labor intensive.

  • If you have had a nerve block, Dr. Bhandari will ask you to resume all normal activity the day of the procedure to see if the injection identified the origin of your pain.

  • ICE your back (15 minutes every 4 to 6 hours) as needed. Needle site soreness is normal.

  • Band-Aids can be taken off next day

  • Shower for 2 days, no baths for 2 days after procedure

  • Expect pain to reoccur after injection. Steroid may take 3 to 4 days to take effect

  • Keep a pain journal with 0 being no pain to 10 being worst pain ever felt. Bring the journal to your follow up visit.

  • Monitor your blood pressure if you have hypertension (high blood pressure).  Your blood pressure may elevate slightly over the next 1 week after the injection of steroid. Call the doctor who manages your blood pressure for further recommendations.

  • Monitor your blood sugar if you are diabetic. The steroid may raise your blood sugar. Call the doctor who manages your diabetes for further recommendations.

 

When to call the office or go to the Emergency Room:
  • We do not offer an after-hours emergency phone service. Please go to your ER, urgent care, or call 911.

  • Severe, unusual pain after the procedure that is not alleviated by medications

  • Fevers after the procedure greater than 100.0 F

  • Bleeding, discharge, or swelling at the sight of the needle after the procedure

  • Lasting weakness or numbness after the procedure

  • Severe headache that comes on only when you sit or stand up.

4370 Medical Arts Dr.

Suite 205

Flower Mound, TX 75028

972-355-9038