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When can I expect pain relief after a spinal injection?

This is what you can expect for pain relief after a spinal injection:
  • If your injection was meant to diagnose pain, you should feel relief right away from the anesthetic, but the relief will end in about an hour or so. You may need more than one injection for the doctor to diagnose the pain.
  • If your injection was meant to reduce inflammation and relieve pain, it can take a few days, or even a week, to feel relief. Your pain will go away slowly and steadily. The injection may not relieve all your pain, but it may relieve enough of the pain to allow you to move around more easily. This can help you recover faster. How long you can expect pain relief to last depends on how many areas are injured and the amount of inflammation you have. Some people may need more than one injection to feel relief.

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