Frequently Asked Questions

Below are quick answers to our most commonly asked questions.

Discontinue all use of blood thinners (aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin) and NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Mobic, etc.) for five days prior. Do not eat or drink four hours prior. You will need a driver to take you home after post-procedure.

The entire procedure usually takes a couple of hours. Plan to arrive one hour before your procedure begins.

Mild sedation is administered through the vein immediately prior to treatment. Versed is used for relaxation, and Fentanyl is used for pain.

This is hard to predict, as every individual’s body chemistry responds uniquely to injection therapy. Some patients, however, report enhanced mobility and vitality for up to 12 months or more.

Injections can be given individually or in a series of three. We usually limit patients to no more than four injections per year at a given spinal region.

The injected substances may cause numbness to the affected extremities for up to six hours. Caution should be taken to avoid falling. Symptoms might be aggravated for up to a week following your procedure, though this is a good sign that the cycle has already been activated. The injected steroids typically take three to five days to take effect.

During this period, use ice for 20 minutes per hour and resume regular pain medications. Heating pads and hot packs should be avoided for at least 72 hours.

We recommend patients wait at least 72 hours before participating in exercises that cause dramatic spikes in heart rate. You may begin to ease back into physical activity after this period.
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