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Q: If I plan on an injection, what can I expect?

Posted April 22, 2015 in Advice Column, Boone

A: If you have pain, numbness or muscle spasms in your neck, upper back, shoulder, arms or hands or in your middle or lower back or legs, Not helped by physical therapy or anti-inflammatories, an injection to reduce inflammation and ease pain may help. Injections may be local anesthetic, such as lidocaine (called a trigger point injection), or corticosteroid, mixed with a local pain reliever (called cortisone) in the form of an epidural, facet, or joint injection. The steroid can reduce inflammation and have lasting results. If you’re uncomfortable afterward, icing a few times a day for about 10-20 minutes and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, can help. Most people begin to notice results within three days after the injection.

As a member of the Boone community, we are here to serve you five days a week. Visit or call 515-212-2420 for any questions on services we provide. Initial consultation includes a full assessment and focus on customized education on your symptoms and treatment of the underlying cause, all at Boone County Hospital, usually within one business day of a referral from your primary care provider.


Information provided by Chris Hanson, Mid Iowa Anesthesia, 515-212-2420,

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