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What can I expect while recovering from a spinal injection?

These are things to be aware of as you're recovering at home:
  • Driving home. You may not be allowed to drive at all on the day of the procedure. Someone may need to drive you home. Your doctor will likely allow you to resume driving the next day.
  • Possible side effects. You may experience briefly increased pain, headaches, or trouble sleeping. These should go away in the first few days.
  • Food and drink. You may be asked not to eat or drink for a few hours.
  • Activity. You may be asked to take it easy on the day of the injection, but it may help to get up and move around every hour or so. You should be able to resume normal activity the next day. Walk around if you feel up to it, but avoid activities that may strain your back.
  • Showering and bathing. You can take a shower, but avoid baths or pools for 48 hours.
  • Returning to work. Ask your doctor when you can return to work.
  • Follow-up. Be sure to follow up with your doctor in two weeks or as otherwise instructed.

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