On the same day
No hot tub, swimming or bath for 24 hours (showers are permitted)
If needed, apply ice (bag of frozen vegetables, gel bag, Sac Magique) on the injection site for 10 to 15 minutes every 2 hours.
Take your regular pain relievers as prescribed by your physician. If you do not have a prescription, you can take Tylenol Extra Strength. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (Advil, Motrin) and Robaxacet are acceptable provided you do not have stomach problems, high blood pressure, heart disease or an allergy.
On the following days
No physiotherapy, physical exercise or sports for 48 hours
- You may experience an increase in your usual symptoms for a few days. This is normal. We have inserted one or more needles into a site that was already painful, and cortisone acts gradually.
- Applying ice or heat (heating pad, Sac Magique, warm bath) can alleviate the pain. Use the method that you find the most soothing.
There is a good chance the injections will provide you relief, but it will not be immediate (with some exceptions). Most results can be noticed from three days to three weeks.
It is important to see your physician again to update your condition.
A report will be sent to your physician within three weeks.