You will be here about 45 minutes total on the day of your procedure. After an injection, the site is bandaged with a simple adhesive bandage. It should stay dry for at least 24 hours. Patients should expect to be sore for a short period (2-5 days) following the procedure.
We generally ask patients to drastically decrease their activity for a few days (typically 2 – 5) following a procedure. For optimal healing, some injuries require immobilization for 2-5 days. Within a week or less, pain levels are generally back to baseline (the level of discomfort experienced prior to the procedure). At that point, patients can return to normal activities.
We do not allow patients to take anti-inflammatory pain medications (such as ibuprofen or Aleve) for 2 weeks following an injection. This is because inflammation helps the healing process in its initial stages. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be used. In some cases, a prescription pain reliever is required for a very short period.
You will begin to notice small improvements 6 – 8 weeks after the procedure. Improvement will continue over the next several months.