Today you have received an injection to help decrease your pain. You have been given a mixture of a local anesthetic (numbing medication) and a steroid/cortisone (anti-inflammatory) medication. This combination should help to decrease her pain now and should provide long-term benefits. We do not perform procedures to “numb” pain but instead try to fix the pain.
More About Medications Used
Lidocaine, Bupivacaine, and Carbocaine are all local anesthetics (numbing medications). Depending on your injury you may have been given one or a combination of these local anesthetics. A significant decrease in pain and numbing effect typically takes about 10 minutes and should provide a decrease in pain in the area that was causing her pain. Some people do not respond to numbing medications so do not be alarmed if you do not feel significantly better immediately.
Steroid/cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help decrease pain in an attempt to provide pain relief. Our clinic uses steroid medications including Celestone, Kenalog, or Depo-Medrol. When injected into a joint, you should notice significant relief in pain but this may take 2 weeks to take full effect. We do not recommend injecting a joint, such as the hip or knee, more than 3-4 times per year. If steroid or cortisone is injected until muscle, this procedure can be done every 2 to 3 months to provide pain more permanent pain relief. Steroid or cortisone injected into the fascia or muscle is typically part of a procedure called a Hydrodissection or Hydrorelease. This is in an effort to heal the muscle and fascia and break up adhesions or scar tissue.