Immediately after the procedure, you will remain lying down and under observation for a few minutes up to a half an hour. You might have some discomfort in the area of the injection that can last up to two weeks. In fact, sometimes it can seem like you are worse than before the treatment. That’s because an inflammatory response has just been stimulated. Don’t worry – the temporary worsening of your symptoms usually won’t last.
Once you return home, you can elevate the leg or arm, and limit your activities as much as needed to remain comfortable. Your doctor may suggest using Tylenol, Tylenol #3, and Tramacet for pain relief but ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories are not advised. That’s because the treatment is designed to set up an inflammatory response, so you don’t want to stop that process with medications.
Patients are advised to take it easy for a few days and avoid putting strain on the affected joint until they see their physiotherapist.
- Does not take anti-inflammatory pain medication; another pain medication may be prescribed by the doctor
- Wear a brace, air boot or sling to protect and immobilize the affected joint; a patient who receives an injection at the ankle, knee, or hip may be advised to use crutches. If a splint was recommended, you should wear it during the first 7 days.
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medications for six weeks after the procedure.
- Although not absolute, please avoid application of ice when possible.
- You may shower immediately, but please avoid swimming or baths/Jacuzzis/hot tubs for the first 2 days after the procedure, to reduce the risk of infection.
Patients who do not have physically demanding jobs can usually go back to work the next day. Patients can resume normal daily activities when swelling and pain decrease, typically a few days after the injections. A well-balanced diet is recommended. However, supplements of Vitamins A, C, D, E, Folate, Magnesium, and Zinc can promote healing. Sources of amino acids or protein are also recommended.