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Our experienced medical staff responds to a common patient question about injections for chronic pain:

“What should I expect during the procedure, will it be painful?”

Dana responds:

Dana prepares for a procedureEverybody interprets pain differently, whether it be an Epidural Steroid Injection for sciatica or a Facet  Joint Injection for  chronic neck pain, the majority of our patients report little to no discomfort during or after the procedure.  Once  you are placed on the table, the doctor will begin by numbing the area with local anesthetic.  You may feel a quick pinch or burn, similar to a bee sting.  With the help of x-ray guidance, a thin needle will then be advanced into the area and you may feel some pressure.  Once proper placement is confirmed with a small amount of contrast dye, the steroid will be administered.  Occasionally patients experience a quick sharp pain down the leg due to close nerve contact.  This is temporary and nothing to worry about.  After a short stay in our recovery area you will be discharged with post procedure instructions.

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