Post-Procedure Instructions

Post-Procedure Instructions

This applies to all procedures:

  • No driving for 4 hours following your injection / 24 hours following Radiofrequency.
  • Resume your normal diet and current medications.
  • Maintain current activity level; For Medial Branch Blocks resume your normal activity and even challenge yourself a bit to see how you tolerate it during the 4 hours post procedure. For all other injections, no heavy lifting. Gently test your range of motion. Do not overdo it, even if you feel better initially.
  • Track your level of discomfort on the PAIN SCALE sheet you are given upon discharge.
    • Do not take pain medication for 4 hours post procedure, while you are tracking your discomfort level so as not to mask your response to the injection.
    • Please fax this to Dr. Lutz’s office at 651-313-8251 or bring this sheet to your next appointment.
  • For injection site pain, a cold compress is recommended. The cold compress may be applied on and off for 20-30 minutes at a time.
  • If a local anesthetic was used in your injection, you may have an increase in previous numbness along with some temporary weakness. This should resolve within a few hours.
  • If a STEROID was used in your injection:
    • It may produce a flushing of the face, and even a restless night or two. You may also experience a general feeling of “restlessness.”
    • If you are diabetic, be aware that your blood sugars may be elevated for several days after your injection.
    • The effects may not be immediately apparent. It can take up to 10 days for you to obtain results.
    • Be aware that one injection may not provide complete relief; more than one injection may be prescribed, but rarely will more than 2 injections be prescribed within a 4-6 month period of time. If your pain is not resolved within 2-3 weeks, please contact Dr. Lutz’s office for further instructions or to schedule a repeat procedure.
  • For MEDIAL BRANCH BLOCKS
    • Following the first Medial Branch Block, contact Dr. Lutz’s office to schedule a repeat block 2 weeks later.
    • The Radiofrequency procedure will likely require prior authorization, so you will be contacted to schedule once that authorization has been obtained.
  • While extremely unusual, contact us at 651-313-8250 if you have:
    • Severe pain.
    • A fever of more than 100.5F for more than 24 hours.
    • Develop rash, hives, loss of bowel or bladder control.
    • Signs of infection at injection site: redness, swelling or drainage.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lutz’s office.