1. On the day of the procedure, you should rest. Many people continue with their regular activities, including going to work, but this is not recommended. You may resume your activities the following day.
  2. The anesthetics used during the procedure usually wear off in a few hours but may remain in your body for up to 24 hours. Side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and nausea are unlikely but normal during this period.
  3. Refrain from the following for 24 hours after your procedure:
    • Do not take a bath, swim or sit in a hot tub. Showers are okay.
    • Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or use power tools.
    • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
    • Do not make important or legal decisions, as your judgment may be impaired.
  4. Immediately following the procedure, it is possible that your legs may feel shaky or weak. These sensations are temporary.
  5. After an injection, you might experience headaches of varying severity during the first 24-48 hours. If you have a history of migraines, prescription medication may be taken as recommended by your doctor. Adequate hydration is important and you should drink plenty of fluids. Report any unusual or prolonged headaches for evaluation/assessment.
  6. Tenderness at the site of the injection is possible but usually minimal. If the pain is too bothersome, take anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by your physician. You may take Ibuprofen 400mg every 4 hours as needed. Cold compresses may also be used for 15-minute intervals every hour as needed.
  7. If you experience a fever, chills, severe leg weakness, or worsening back pain several days after the procedure, please call our office immediately (203) 775-6205 or go to the emergency room at Danbury Hospital to be evaluated.
  8. If you are diabetic you may experience an increase in your glucose levels. You should consult your primary care doctor for adjustments to your medications/insulin.
  9. If prior to the procedure you are taking long-acting pain medication or narcotics (such as Percocet or Vicodin) or muscle relaxants (Flexeril, Zanaflex, etc.) they should be continued unless otherwise instructed by your physician. In general, your physician will work with you to discontinue these medications unless you are still having pain.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, based in Brookfield, CT and Danbury, CT, provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, sports medicine, joint replacements, and interventional pain management to patients of all ages.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, provides orthopedic care including: orthopedic examination, foot surgery, ankle surgery, hand surgery, hip surgery, hip replacement, hip resurfacing, knee surgery, knee replacement, orthopedic oncology, shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and MAKOplasty.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, also provides sports medicine, physical therapy, pain management, interventional pain management, radiology, x-ray, ultrasound, cortisone injection, and PRP injections.

Orthopaedic Specialists of Connecticut, also known as Orthopedic Specialists of Connecticut, treats sprains, fractures, ligament tears, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, neurological pain, cancer pain, neck pain, and back pain.