Discharge Instructions for Injections including Facet Block, Epidural Steroid, Sacroiliac Joint, Trigger Point or Nerve Root Block
• Rest today. Tomorrow you may resume your normal activity. Try to avoid
strenuous activity for a few days. Avoid activity which causes pain or discomfort.
• If you received Intravenous Sedation or Epidural Injection, anesthetics can remain
in your body for up to 24 hours. You may feel sleepy, dizzy and/or slightly
nauseous. This is normal for the next 24 hours.
• For 24 hours after procedure:
➢ Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or use power tools.
➢ Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
➢ Do not make any important or legal decisions
• After an Epidural Steroid Injection, you may experience a headache. This occurs
in less than 1% or patients and is relieved by lying down. If this happens, you
need follow these instructions explicitly:
➢ Drink plenty of water (3-4 liters) or juice per day.
➢ Lie down flat with head no higher than one pillow for 24 – 36 hours, only
getting up to go to the bathroom.
➢ Caffeine may help as well. Drink some caffeinated beverages, if you don’t
have any health problems related to caffeine.
➢ Take prescribed pain medication
• After Trigger Point Injections, you may be sore at the injection site for several
days. The medication injected may make you feel shaky and make your heart feel
that it is beating fast. This will subside in about 6-8 hours. If you have any
shortness of breath go to the nearest emergency room.
• After the Epidural Steroid Injection, your legs may feel shaky or weak today; this
is temporary and will wear off. We strongly suggest a responsible adult be with
you for the rest of the day for your own safety.
• Use ice for the first 24 hours, for soreness and discomfort at the injection site.
Then use heat or ice (whichever is more comfortable for you) for 20 minutes at a
time, 3-5 times a day for your comfort.
Post Procedure Instructions – Radio Frequency Ablation
• Rest for the remainder of the day and as needed, it is normal to feel flu-like
symptoms/general body aches for a few days.
• No heavy lifting (over 10 lbs.) or strenuous activity for 48 hours.
• If you were given sedation/anesthesia or pain medication: do not drive, operate
equipment/machinery, or make any important decisions for 24 hours.
• You may resume your usual diet. Drink plenty of fluids.
• Call us if you have any questions or concerns
• Seek immediate medical attention if you have :
➢ Redness, tenderness, swelling, or drainage from the procedure site.
➢ Excessive bright red blood draining from the procedure site (apply
➢ Increased pain not relieved by over the counter or prescribed medication.
➢ Chills or temperature above 101 degrees.
➢ Dizziness, numbness or tingling.
➢ Difficulty breathing.