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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I'm scheduled for an L45 steroid injection next week. How soon can I expect results?

Patients are advised not to expect immediate pain relief. In about half the cases, patients notice a change within the first two weeks after injection. Many patients continue to notice gradual improvement over the next six months. Some patients even report continued gains up to a year later.

In some cases, symptoms get worse for a day or two after the injection. The average person gets pain relief three to four days later. If you've had a compressed disc for a long time, scar tissue or adhesions can form in the area where the injection goes.

When this occurs, a flare-up can occur after the injection. The air that is injected with the steroid puts pressure on the spinal nerve causing increased pain and other neurologic symptoms such as numbnes, tingling, or weakness. Many people do get good results with steroid injection, so it's a good option when other conservative treatment has failed.


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